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General News of Monday, 25 April 2022


Weapons delay: Blame military conduct not Kukah - NEF tells Presidency

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Monday told the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to reassess the way it wages the war against insurgency and terrorism so as to avoid what gave rise to delay in weapons procurement from Western countries.

NEF has also risen in defence of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, saying instead of blaming the vocal cleric or the northern elders group, the administration should ensure that the military operations satisfy the basic standards demanded by the weapon suppliers.

The Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who stated this during a television interview with the African Independent Television, AIT, monitored in Abuja, faulted the Presidency over the way it responds to criticisms.

The NEF spokesperson was reacting to the Presidency’s blame of Bishop Kukah and opponents of government for the perception of the United States government of poor Christianity and Islam relations in Nigeria, which was said to be responsible for the delays in the supply of fighter jets to the country.

The forum also reiterated its earlier call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he was unable to resolve the nation’s security problems.

Recall that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu had in a statement he issued on Sunday alleged that the cleric provided quotes to a new book written by former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, which the Presidency observed, is not likely to conclude that Nigeria has improved in any front.

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