The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has pledged loyalty and support for acting president, Yemi Osinbajo.
Addressing journalists after the forum’s meeting in Kano, the deputy leader of NEF, Paul Unongo, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for respecting the constitution by transferring power to Mr Osinbajo when went on sick leave.
“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 Unongo said.
The NEF also commended Mr Buhari for securing the northern part of the country from the clutches of Boko Haram, saying the president deserves commendation 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,” he said.
He also commended the sterling contributions of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for providing the necessary leadership to stabilise the polity.
“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 forum also advised 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.