- Fulani herdsmen and their kith and kin have been asked to return to northern Nigeria
- The demand was made by an influential northern Nigeria pressure group, Northern Elders Forum
- Many communities in southern Nigeria have been asking Fulani herdsmen to leave after several attacks by armed herders
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has told the Fulani community in southern Nigeria to return to the north if they are forcefully ejected from their host communities.
The NEF also called on the northern governors to be ready to receive the Fulani community who would return as a result of forceful ejection.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the demand contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
Part of the statement read:
“If communities in parts of the country insist that the lawful Fulani is unwelcome and has no right to their security, then the Forum will advise them to relocate to the north.
“Northern governors should move urgently to prepare to receive Fulani communities being forcefully ejected.”
Recall that the NEF on Wednesday, January 27 declared that the appointment of the new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari would not automatically end the security challenges in the country.
The forum also advised the president to summon a meeting of governors and security chiefs to de-escalate the recent tension in the southwest region of the country.
In a related development, ex-presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has declared that northern Nigeria is better than other regions in the country.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain went on to say the north has all it takes to secede from Nigeria and succeed, adding that other regions in the country will suffer if northern Nigeria breaks away.
Meanwhile, the federal government has called on Nigerians to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and some parts of Oyo state.
The government implored all citizens in the country to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue, good neighborliness, and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment that can only lead to anarchy.