- Yoruba elders have been accused of focusing on raising tension among Nigerians
- The allegation was made by an influential Nigeria pressure group, Northern Elders Forum
- The forum explained that certain narratives spun by Nigerians and elected officials were making citizens fight each other
Following the rise in security challenges in the country, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Friday, February 12, accused some Yoruba elders of aiming to raise tension and create fear among the people.
The Guardian reported that the forum who made the allegations in a letter written to the United Nations noted the move is in order to cause crisis involving groups and regions.
Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the spokesman of NEF, explained that Nigeria was facing imminent threats from people lobbying the international community, to create violence in the nation.
According to NEF, certain narratives and threats by some elected officials and Nigerians were raising fears that could make it easy for citizens to pitch themselves against each other.
The forum went on to advise President Muhammadu Buhari and governors to explore measures that would lower tensions.
Recall that the NEF on Wednesday, January 27, declared that the appointment of the new service chiefs by President 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.
Northern elders ask Fulani herdsmen to return to the north
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the forum 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.
The demand was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of NEF.
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