2023: “Our people may vote against you”, NEF Chairman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi to Northern politicians

Chairman, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, says the people of the North will not vote along ethnic and religious lines in 2023 because they have learnt their lesson at a great cost. Speaking at the Northern People’s Summit in Kaduna, yesterday, the NEF chairman warned politicians from the region that they do not have any guarantee that the people will vote for them in the next general election. Prof. Abdullahi, who was represented by the spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, added that experiences have taught the…

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‘Buhari not committed to tackling insecurity – Northern Elders Forum

Ø  ‘All eyes are on you’, Sultan tells Northern govs. The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has lamented what they described as the “dangerous situation” in the North. The spokesman of the Forum, Dr. Hakeem Ahmed, while speaking to newsmen at the venue of the governors’ meeting in Sir Kashim Ibrahim, Kaduna Government House yesterday, said the northern communities were lost, as there seems to be no solution in sight. According to him, “The Federal Government is unable to protect northern communities. The governors are trying their best but they do not…

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Insecurity: “Embrace dialogue to end banditry” – Ex NHIS boss tasks Northern leaders

Northern leadership and elites have been told to stop living in denial and join hands in on-going efforts to find home-grown solution to the rampaging banditry in the region. The former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, (NHIS) Prof. Usman Yusuf, gave the charge while featuring in a Liberty Television flagship programme: ‘Dialogue“. Prof. Usman, who is among those that accompanied a renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, to the bandits’ enclaves in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States to encourage them to embrace peace, also said the military…

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‘Yoruba elders planning to destabilise Nigeria’ – Northern elders writes UN

Yoruba elders are planning to raise tensions and create fears among Nigerians with a view to destabilize the country, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said. The elders made this allegation yesterday, in a letter addressed to the United Nations, (UN). NEF spokesman Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who signed the letter said the latest communication by the Yoruba Council of Elders, (YCE), to the UN is ‘a lamentable desperation by the group to undermine Nigeria’s security and integrity’. The NEF letter said “it is more regrettable that it is the handiwork of…

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‘Nigeria repeating the mistakes that led to civil war’, Northern elders, Kukah, Obi, others warn

A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fthr. Matthew Kukah and the Northern Elders Forum, (NGF) have warned that Nigeria was repeating its mistakes that led to the civil war which lasted from July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970. Speaking at a webinar on Thursday, they cautioned that unless something urgent was done, the aftermath of the ongoing injustice, poor governance and leadership failure in the country would be worse than what was experienced during the civil war. The civil war…

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“North now ready for restructuring” — Ango Abdullahi

Former vice-chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria, and currently the convener, Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, has revealed that the Northern region is ready for restructuring. Prof. Abdullahi, who has been very vociferous in his calls for a change of tactics in respect of administering the country, in a recent interview he granted, disclosed the position of northern elders on the future of Nigeria, said that the North is ready for the restructuring of the federation.  He said, “What will happen now, unfortunately for us, for…

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“We will no longer tolerate violence against our people” – Northern Elders’ Forum

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has stated that the North will no longer tolerate violence against its people in the southern region of the country. The disclosure was made by the chairman of the Forum during a Town Hall meeting with members of the northern community in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The NEF chairman, Ango Abdullahi, said the elders visited the State to commiserate with northerners who were attacked during the #EndSARS protests, saying northerners in the State suffered “enormous loss of lives and assets” during the protest. He counseled…

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‘Violence now means of livelihood for northern children’ – ACF

One of the most prominent groups in northern Nigeria, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has lamented the increasing rate of violence in the region.  The Forum’s chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this when he led a delegation to Maiduguri, to meet the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, according to a statement issued yesterday.  The statement, which was titled: “Arewa Consultative Forum visits Zulum, says security situation depressing’, noted that the ACF delegation was in Borno on Sunday to empathise over Boko Haram’s serial killings, particularly the most recent, which was…

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My govt’ll not undermine interest of any ethnic group” – Wike to Northern Elders

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has given assurance that he will continue to conduct the affairs of government in a manner that will not undermine the interest of any ethnic group resident in the State.  The governor gave the assurance when he played host to leaders of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), led by its Chairman, Prof. Ango-Abdullahi, in Port Harcourt yesterday.  The Northern leaders were there to meet with their kith and kin in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest that was hijacked by the proscribed Indigenous People Organisation of…

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‘We’re aware of attempts to weaken North before 2023’ – Northern Elders

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), have said they were aware of alleged attempts by some politicians interested in contesting the 2023 presidential election to weaken the North on many fronts in the aftermath of #EndSARS protest. The NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday night, said that he Forum also said it had credible information about an alleged plan to force restructuring on the North under the guise of ending the agitation against bad governance in the country. According to Dr. Baba-Ahmed,…

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