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Insecurity: Northern Elders Forum insists Buhari must resign

 

The Northern Elders Forum has said contrary to the Presidency’s assertion, the delayed delivery of military equipment from the United States to Nigeria was not caused by the Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah.

The elders said rather than blame a clergyman for military setbacks, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime should upgrade the military operations to a standard that satisfies globally accepted norms.

The Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the Northern Elders Forum, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said this on Monday, reiterating the Forum’s call for Buhari’s resignation.

Responding to a statement on Sunday in which the Presidency blamed Kukah for selling a false image about the country’s interreligious relations leading to a delayed supply of fighter jets, Baba-Ahmed said the regime must learn to handle criticism.

But speaking on Monday, the NEF’s spokesperson said Kukah’s arguments on the government’s failure to tackle insecurity are right.

He argued that the delayed procurement of weapons was due to the conduct of the armed forces and related agencies on human rights issues.

Baba-Ahmed said, “You know, the presidency spokespersons have a way of deflecting criticism by making it personal. When you say that there is a shortfall in the quality of government, they find something to stick you with.

Harping on an earlier call by the forum for Buhari to resign over the spate of insecurity in the country, he said, “We must not go to the 2023 elections with the current state of insecurity.

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