By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Northern Elders Forum NEF has appointed Prof. Ango Abdullahi, as its Convener and Chairman, Board of Trustees BOT even as they demanded an end to killings across the country.
A statement issued Thursday in Abuja by the Chairman, NEF’s Implementation Committee Mohammed Bello Kirfi, said the decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the forum held Wednesday in Abuja, to deliberate on key issues regarding the the organization and the nation.
Kirfi said at the end of deliberations, NEF approved the new structure proposed by its special think-tank and also appointed the new officers to run the organization.
Other leaders of the forum according to the statement include; Alh. Sani Zangon Daura as deputy chairma, North-west, Gen. Paul C. Tarfa (rtd) as deputy chairman, North-east and Amb. Yahaya Kwande as deputy chairman, North-central.
The statement also said that the forum ratified the appointments of the already existing 21 members of the Board of Trustees and appointed a new management board.
The management board has Alhaji Mohammed Goni as chairman; Dr. Patrick Adaba as Vice Chairman, Dr. Yima Sen as director general/CEO, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed as director/ member, Mr. Sam Nda Isiah as director/ member, Capt. Bashir Sodangi as member.
Other members of the board include; Gen. Sale Maina (rtd), Rev. Bitrus Dangiwa, Prof. S. Bogoro, N. A. Shariff, Barr. M. B. Wali, Engr. Bello Suleiman, Alh. Sani Aminu Dutsinma, Dr. Safiya Illiyasu, Dr. Halen Jekelle.
While lamenting the state of insecurity in the country NEF strongly condemned what it described as “horrifying carnage and bloodletting going on in the North and other parts of Nigeria, associated with the Boko Haram insurgency and farmers and herdsmen clashes.
“NEF wants an immediate and complete end to these unfortunate happenings and will work with government, other community and civil society organizations, traditional rulers, political leaders and the clergy to ensure that peace returns to the North and to Nigeria. In particular, NEF wants to see a total end to killings across the country.
“NEF would also like to see the introduction and application of modern livestock management practices in order to protect herdsmen and farmers, their families and communities, and enhance their quality of life.”