The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has on Thursday declared their full support for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who traveled to the United Kingdom on Sunday for medical treatment.
“The Forum expresses its full support and encouragement behind Acting President Osinbajo and urges him to exercise responsibility, as he did in the past, with commitment, sensitivity and respect for the Constitution.
“We urge him to ignore mischief which seeks to pitch him against the President or the Nigerian people whose mandates they both exercise,” Mr. Paul Unongo, the Deputy Leader of the NEF stated after a meeting in Kano.
The north called on everyone with various responsibilities to cooperate with Osinbajo to sustain a united, focused and committed government.
The Elders also commended President Buhari for securing the north especially the North East from the Boko Haram terrorists group.
“Buhari has confronted the issue that has been disturbing us by tackling the insurgency which had caused a lot of havoc in the region especially the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa,” he said.
The group also expressed appreciation to the contributions of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
“We expect that the war against corruption will not suffer a setback, and current investigations and activities will not be stalled due to the absence of President Buhari.
“Like millions of Nigerians, the Northern Elders Forum prays for the return to full health of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Mr. Unongo added.
The Elders Forum also urged all northern state governors to complete all abandoned projects they inherited from their predecessors for the benefit of the people.
“I want to use this opportunity to advice our governors in the North to borrow a leaf from the governor of Kano State who is ready to complete projects abandoned over 20 years ago.
“We are impressed by the style of Kano State governor.
“While most of the governors are eager to start their own projects, Ganduje completed projects abandoned by late Abubakar Rimi, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Rabi’u Kwankwaso.
“He has shown maturity and this is what we feel should be done.
“If you as governor meet an uncompleted project, complete it if it will improve the living standard of your people,” he said.
They commended the Borno State Government for its effort in ensuring an improve living conditions for the people displace by the evil activities of the Boko Haram.
“We are going round the states to see what is going on. We went to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and we are happy the security situation in those states has improved,” Mr. Unongo said.