The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has expressed disappointment with President Jonathan’s response to the issues raised by ex-President Obasanjo, saying he adopted ‘pedestrian approach’ to a serious matter.
“We feel highly disappointed by the tone and contents of Mr. President’s response to Obasanjo’s letter... By the response given by Jonathan to the Obasanjo’s letter, the impression seems to be that Jonathan lacks a clear understanding of the major problems facing the country and does not seem to appreciate the innocuous admonition given him by Obasanjo in his letter."
These are the words of the Secretary General of the NEF, Prof Ango Abdullahi in a chat with Vanguard. He is on the view that Jonathan missed the point by not taking time to explain to Nigerians if he had fulfilled the many electoral promises he made to the nation and whether in his view, he had made the country better than he met it on assumption of duty.
He noted that since the nation was passing through a turbulent period in its political history, it was incumbent on Jonathan to take appropriate steps to arrest the drift rather than pretend that all is well.
The NEF bigwig said that it would have been better for Jonathan to keep quiet over the Obasanjo letter than offer a lame reply, which in the main, shies away from the bone of contention.
He said, “Our simply and innocuous advice to Mr. President is to use the remaining part of his tenure to find answers to the raging problems facing Nigeria and desist from acting as if all is well with the nation. If Mr. President does not know or the people around him have shielded him from knowing, the truth remains that Nigeria is drifting and its citizens in dire need of a leadership that can take them to the next level.”