- President Buhari has been urged to secure Nigerians
- The call was made by Northern Elders Forum while reacting to the security state of the country
- According to the group, Nigerians do not war
A message has been sent to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF). The message is simple: Protect the nation’s territorial integrity and secure the lives of Nigerians.
Failure to do this, the forum asked him to accept that he is incapable of leading the nation.
Going further, the forum condemned what it described as an attack on Fulanis in some part of the south, claiming northern people now live in fear, Tribune reports.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by its director, publicity and advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
Ahmed also posited that the majority of Nigerians don’t want war and as such want the country to remain as one, Sun Newspaper reports.
The statement read in part:
“The forum restates that the North will not be cowed and stampeded into escorting political ambitions of politicians at the cost of its rights, security and dignity.
“Attacks on lawful Fulani and other Northerners in the South must stop, and those who have killed them must be brought to book."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported the House of Representatives is considering a bill to scrap the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The bill titled the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, was sponsored by Awaji-Inombek Abiante.
The proposed legislation which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act is billed for the second reading in the House.
Abiante explained that banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of insecurity justified the intent of the bill.
Also, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the chairman of NEF declared that the north would not vote along ethnicity and faith lines in choosing leaders in 2023.
He said the northerners had learnt their lesson at a great cost.
Legit.ng gathered that Abdullahi stated no northerner should assume he is guaranteed the support and votes of northerners simply because he is one of them.