Professor Umar Labdo, a university don and Fulani activist feared that there might be reprisal attacks in the North by Fulanis as Fulani herders were requested to leave some South West states over incessant criminal activities attributed to the group.
Speaking with Daily Sun on Sunday, January 31, Labdo said the evacuation notice to herdsmen belies the position of the constitution which grants Nigerians freedom and rights to reside in any part of the country irrespective of tribes and faiths.
The Fulani activist, who is a lecturer at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, said if the southwest insists on expulsion of the herders out of the region, all the Yoruba people residing in the north will face the same faith.
Fulani herders have been accused of being responsible for the rise in sundry crimes including kidnapping, maiming and killing of farmers in the southwest.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had issued a two-week quit notice to the herders to leave the Ondo state forests, arguing the criminals among the herders are using the reserves as hideouts for their heinous activities.
On Friday, January 22, some Yoruba youths led by a popular activist Sunday Igboho stormed Igangan town in Ibarapa region of Oyo state to chase the Fulani herders out of the community after the expiration of the quit notice earlier issued.
Efforts have since been put in place to resolves the problem with a view to curb the mounting ethnic tension in the southwest region.