The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has declared full support and encouragement for Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.
President Muhammadu Buhari was also praised by the forum for his respect for the constitution in transferring power to Osinbajo when it became necessary for him to travel to seek medical treatment.
Paul Unongo, the deputy leader of the Forum, made the commendation while addressing a news conference in Kano on Thursday.
Unongo urged the Acting President to “ignore mischief makers which seek to pitch him against the President or the Nigerian people whose mandate they both exercise.” He charged the Vice President to continue to exercise his duty with commitment, sensitivity and respect for the Constitution.
He called on Nigerians to fully support Osinbajo in order to maintain a united, focused and committed administration to achieve the desired results.
Unongo lauded the contributions of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for supporting the war against corruption and providing the necessary leadership to stabilise the country, even in absence of President Buhari.
“Like millions of Nigerians, the Northern Elders Forum prays for the return to full health of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The forum also used the opportunity to advise governors in the North to complete all abandoned projects they inherited from the previous administration.
“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 by late Abubakar Rimi, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Rabi’u Kwankwaso. He has shown maturity and this is what we feel should be done,” said Unongo.
Unongo urged the Northern Governors to ensure prudent management of public funds provided.
He commended the Borno State government for its effort to improve the living conditions of the people especially those affected by the activities of insurgents.
“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.”