NEF Disowns Ango Abdullahi

Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has denied that Professor Ango Abdullahi was speaking on behalf of the body when he (Prof. Abdullahi) said the Elder’s Forum backed Arewa Youths on the quit order issued to Igbos living in the North.
The Deputy Leader of the Northern Elders Forum, Chief Paul Unuogo, said Abdullahi was on his own in backing the ignorant youths.
Coalition of Northern youths had on Tuesday asked all easterners living in the North to leave the territory within three months or be chased out.
And Prof. Abdullahi, who the spokesman for NEF, had backed the youths, saying Igbos cannot be living in other parts of the country and the same time asking for its breakup.
But Unongo said on Friday that NEF could not have adopted position of the youths, who were not there when Nigeria lost three million of its citizens to the civil war they fought for keep the country as one united nation.
According to Unongo, “I am the Deputy Leader of the Northern Elders’ Forum and Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule is the leader. So, only the two of us can speak for the forum on sensitive matter like this. Therefore, if Professor Ango Abdullahi is backing those ignorant youths, then he is speaking for himself.
“We cannot support the nonsense those boys said. We fought civil war with our blood to keep Nigeria one. So, any Nigerian can live in any part of the country he feels like. Igbos are welcome in the North, they are welcome in Yoruba land and my own village in Tiv land and they have right to pursue their daily bread and own property.
“We couldn’t have killed three million people to keep Nigeria one and come back and allow these kids (the Northern Youth Groups) to insult our intelligence. We knew why we fought the war, we knew why we killed the people we loved. We knew why we made the sacrifice of three million men dead. So, Northern Elders’ Forum cannot take same position as those young men, if at all they took a position.
“So, if the young men cannot build a nation, they should not destroy the one we put our lives on the line to build for them. We cannot allow young men who did not fight the civil war with us to destroy our country, because Nigeria cannot afford another civil war,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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