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NEF ‘Attacks’: Matawalle tasks Tinubu’s appointees from Northern Nigeria to take a stand

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (r) and Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters

*H.E. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON, Minister of State for Defence, tasks the appointees of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration from the North, to ‘take a stand, be unequivocal, and be counted in the roll of honours for our support and work for the success of the administration we are serving’, in view of the Northern Elders’ Forum recent ‘vicious attacks’ on the government

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As criticisms and countercriticisms over how favourable or otherwise President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration has been to the Northern Nigeria continue, H.E. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON, Honourable Minister of State for Defence, has stated that it is incumbent on all appointees of the current adminitration to “work for the success of the government he is part of.”

The Minister, who said this in a statement issued Monday, April 15, 2024, noted that he is also expected to protect and defend the government against “unjust and vicious attacks from those who hide under ethnic and other primordial interests to heat up the polity for myopic reasons.”

H.E. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON, Honourable Minister of State for Defence

Matawalle recalled: “Consequent on my position on the recent attack on the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, by a spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), it has come to my attention that Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who once served as the Spokesperson of the group and currently a Special Adviser on Political Matters in the Presidency took to his page on it to express a different position.

“According to Dr. Baba-Ahmed, my stand against the unjust and spurious attack against the new administration of President Tinubu that is working very hard to reposition our country and economy for better as ‘ill-advised’.”

The Minister noted the Special Adviser on Political Matters in the Presidency suggested

That he (Matawalle) “could have done a better job in my defence of the administration where I have the rare honour to serve as a Minister.”

Matawalle as well mentioned that Dr. Baba-Ahmed’s relationship and affinity with Northern Elders’ Forum is well-known.

“The fact now is that he is an appointee of the administration as a Special Adviser, and it is incumbent on him to work for the success of the government he is part of, protect and defend the government against unjust and vicious attacks from those who hide under ethnic and other primordial interests to heat up the polity for myopic reasons

“It is pertinent to state that every appointee of President Tinubu, including Dr. Baba-Ahmed owe the government a copious duty to promote, elucidate and advance the good works and commendable efforts of the government across all sectors,” he stated.

The statement further reads: “As appointees of the government from the North, we must all take a stand, be unequivocal, and be counted in the roll of honours for our support and work for the success of the administration we are serving.

“This is not the time to keep quiet in the face of intimidation and misrepresentation of the efforts and achievements of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR. We must stand up to be counted for being on the part of government, or take our exit.”

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