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Northern Elders Council Pass Vote of Confidence On Jonathan

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


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