- An influential group in the north, NEF, has called on the Nigerian leaders to wake up and protect the citizens and their properties
- NEF's spokesperson, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also told the authorities to put a stop to the attack on the Fulani communities in the south
- Baba-Ahmed said no Nigerian should be asked to leave any part of the country for any reason
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has condemned the attacks on Fulani communities in the southern part of Nigeria.
The spokesperson of the influential northern group, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said in a statement on Monday, March 22, that no Nigerian should be threatened or ordered to leave any part of the country, Premium Times reported.
“At the most minimal level, attacks on Fulani communities who live peacefully with communities in the South must stop."
Baba-Ahmed also called on elected leaders in the country to rise up to their responsibilities of protecting the citizens and their property.
Recently, some Fulanis residing in parts of Oyo and Edo states were asked by non-state actors to vacate their settlements, after accusing some members of the ethnic group of being responsible for kidnapping and other crimes.
Ayo Johnson Obalisa said on Facebook:
"Yes, the attack on Fulani must stop and Fulani must also stop attacking our people. Remember to speak about the ones attacking you in your region also"
Abubakar Umar said:
"I am not in support of any criminality, but what have you done to stop the senseless killing of innocent people in the north by the Fulanis?"
Onuorah Hills said:
"They should know that cow is a personal business ,they should stop using their business to spoil person own"
Meanwhile, following the high rate of insecurity in Nigeria, Bode Olugbore, the senior special assistant to the president on political matters has insisted that the federal government is doing its best to tackle security issues.
Olugbore who made the disclosure on Sunday, January 10, while speaking on Channels Television's Sunday Politics programme said under the current administration, Nigeria is better off.
The presidential aide during the interview noted that Nigeria's security problems are not peculiar to the nation, adding that other countries also face similar issues.
In another related report, Nigeria's former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has said that the security threats currently being faced by Nigeria can only be tackled with long-term planning.
Babangida, in an interview on Tuesday, February 23, stated that the nation can overcome its security issues if those in the position of authority plan appropriately.
The former president urged the government and the citizenry to join forces to overcome the problem.
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