A member of the Northern Elders Forum Board of Trustees, Abubakar Tsav, has distanced himself from the forum’s stance on President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance since he was re-elected.
The former Lagos state Commissioner of Police told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Makurdi, that the statement was not a “unanimous decision of entire NEF membership.”
“I am a member of the Board of Trustees of NEF, but for a very long time now, I have not been invited to NEF meetings.
“The last meeting I attended was when Wantaregh Paul I. Unongu was removed as NEF Chairman. I don’t know if the situation applies to me alone or to all other Board of Trustees members.
“The decision to discredit President Buhari may be one-sided and may not be a unanimous decision of entire NEF membership,” he said.
NEF had criticized President Buhari’s administration and said he had failed the nation in the area of security.
“The Forum regrets that by any standard of judgement, the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the nation in the vital area of improving its security. Poverty, particularly in the North, and massive social security have worsened under this administration. The relationship between insecurity and poverty is fundamental, but the administration does not appear to have any idea on what will provide relief or solution.
“It gives the Forum no pleasure to say that it had warned Nigerians that President Buhari lacked the will, the competence and commitment to lead it into a secure and prosperous future before the 2019 elections.
“With this type of mind set, it is difficult to see how President Buhari can accept the challenge to radically improve his handling of our security situation. Nonetheless, we believe that Nigerians must continue to raise our voices and organize through all legitimate means to demand that the administration addresses major failings in his perception of our situation and his response to our demands for our rights to security,” the forum said.