The Northern Elders Council led by Mr Tanko Yakassai has commended
President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Namadi Sambo, for their
harmonious working relationship and effort in effectively managing the
complex security and socio-economic challenges confronting the
nation, expressing optimism that such efforts would be sustained if
they continue in office beyond 2015.
The elders, while passing a vote of confidence on the Jonathan
administration, also warned politicians and regional leaders to
desist from making provocative statements that are capable of
destabilising the peaceful co-existence of Nigeria and instead join
hands with the federal government in the quest for sustainable
peace and development.
Speaking at the Inauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Elders
Council under the chairmanship of a former Inspector General of
Police, Gambo Jimeta in Kaduna on Thursday, Mr Yakassai restated
President Jonathan’s is eligibility to seek for re-election in 2015,
and stressed that every Nigerian, irrespective of tribe or religion
has the constitutional right to aspire for any political office.
He also stated that the elders council is fully committed to the
unity and peace of the country, fight against corruption and
promotion of credible elections in 2015.
Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, who was represented by his
deputy, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, tasked the elders to assist the
government in finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram
insurgency in the region. The governor told the elders that the
North cannot grow like other regions when it remains backward in