The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has warned Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo not to allow himself be pitched against President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on medical leave in UK. The Elders made this known in a statement in respect to “mischievous elements” who intend to take advantage of Buhari’s absence to achieve “dubious political goals”. The statement was issued after two-day emergency meeting in Kano and signed by Ango Abdullahi, leader of the forum, and Paul Unongo, deputy leader. The statement reads: “The forum expresses its full support for 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.” The Northern elders commendeded the President for tackling the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in the north-east. “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”, they said.