The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 in Abuja, to deliberate on critical issues concerning the organization and the nation.
At the end of deliberations, NEF approved the new structure proposed by its special Think Tank and also appointed the following new officers to run the organization:
Prof. Ango Abdullahi – Chairman BOT/Convener of the Forum
Alh. Sani Zangon Daura – Deputy Chairman North West
Gen. Paul C. Tarfa (rtd) – Deputy Chairman North East
Amb. Yahaya Kwande – Deputy Chairman North Central
And ratify the appointment of the already existing 21 members of the Board of Trustees and appoint the management board as follows:
Alh. Mohammed Goni – Chairman of the Management Board
Dr. Patrick Adaba – Vice Chairman
Dr. Yima Sen – Director General/CEO
Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed – Director/ Member
Mr. Sam Nda Isiah – Director/ Member
Capt. Bashir Sodangi – “ ”
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 – “ “
NEF lamented the state of insecurity in the country and strongly condemned the 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.