- CNG has urged President Buhari-led government to call the southeast governors to order over their comments on herdsmen
- The southeast governors had publicly rejected the proposed Ruga settlement and advised the FG to kick-off the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP)
- Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson of the group, urged the government to end the forceful ejection of herdsmen in southeast zone
The federal government has been urged by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), to take immediate measures to end harassment, intimidation, attacks and forceful ejection of pastoralists in southern part of the country.
Legit.ng reports that the coalition gave the advice in a statement signed by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in Abuja on Thursday, July 11.
Suleiman said that the government should quickly address the issue of their resettlement once and for all.
He said the coalition has read the resolutions and decisions of five southeast governors issued on July 9, over the rising tensions around the expulsion and other hostile acts against the Fulani people by many leaders and communities in many parts of Nigeria.
“These tensions have been made worse by the decision of the federal government to suspend the Ruga settlement project.
“This addresses most of the genuine grievances and challenges related to the management of livestock assets of the nation, the bulk of which is in the hands of Fulani people,” Suleiman said.
He said the coalition was not impressed by the patronising and insulting attempt to divide Fulani people and other Nigerians by leaders who do not appear to understand the implications of their decisions.
“We ask here whether other Nigerians should now arrogate to themselves powers to decide which chemists in the north sell drug or which business men are making money manufacturing spare parts in the north.
“Should northern governors assume responsibility for expelling persons from particular ethnic groups that are clearly involved in criminal activities, or designing difficult and impossible conditions for others from these groups which will make it impossible for them to operate," he asked.
He, however, urged security agencies to urgently check the escalation of hate-inducing comments by some southern based political, cultural and religious leaders aiming at endangering the Fulani people and rendering them object of indiscriminate attacks. NAN
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the southeast governors advised Buhari-led government to kick-off the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), under which Ruga would be is subsumed in the north.
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