- Northern elders have distanced themselves from recent comments made by Professor Abdullahi
- The elder statesman had blamed Igbos for majority of attacks on northerners
- While strongly condemning the remarks, the elders asked Nigerians to ignore it
- According to the northern leaders, Abdullahi's statement was of his own personal opinion and do not represent the region
Two days after Professor Ango Abdullahi alleged that many people from the north were killed in the southeast during the #EndSARS protests, northern elders have disowned him over his statement.
Legit.ng recalls that the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Tuesday, December 8, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state alleged that most violent acts against northerners are perpetrated by Igbo.
The elders who are operating under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development described Abdullahi’s comment as false which is meant to instigate Nigerians against one other, The Nation reports.
Engr. Zana Goni, the group’s national coordinator, and Hajia Mario Bichi, national women leader made the disclosure in a statement signed by the northern elders.
The pair insisting they were not part of it as the comment is not the general position of northerners, adding that Abdullahi acted alone in his statement.
While condemning the remarks credited to the leader of the group, the elders urged Nigerians to ignore it, stating that it was the elder statesman's personal opinion.
According to the elders, Abdullahi's unfounded claim is capable of igniting ethnic killings and asked Nigerians not to fall prey to his antics and ignore it.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that NEF declared that the north will no longer tolerate violence against its people in the southern region.
Abdullahi made the disclosure while speaking during a town hall meeting with members of the northern community who were attacked during the #EndSARS protests in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
According to him, northerners in the state suffered “enormous loss of lives and assets” during the #EndSARS protests.
In a related development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo reacted to the allegations made by the NEF chairman, against Igbos during the #EndSARS protests in Rivers state.
The socio-political group in the southeast on Wednesday, December 9, took a swipe at the northern leader, describing his claims as unsubstantiated.
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