Ango Abdullahi, Chairman Northern Elders Forum, NEF
Ango Abdullahi, Chairman Northern Elders Forum, NEF

The Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF says by 2023 the North will only support candidates with candid commitment to deal with its problems and political will to meet the region’s aspirations.

The NEF’s Convener, Ango Abdullahi in a statement in Zaria, Kaduna State, said the forum has observed that political maneuvers around the 2023 elections are targeting the North as a region available for exploitation.

Abdullahi on national security, called for the injection of higher level of competence, integrity and responsibility in the manner Nigerian security agencies deal with security challenges.

According to the convener, the forum supports the idea of improving the policing capacity of the nation, emphasising that all initiatives to improve public safety must be accommodated within the law. He also suggested the adoption of a more vigorous and inclusive process which would result in the creation of acceptable frameworks and confidence among all communities with respect to policing strategy.