The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has urged all Fulani herdsmen staying in the southern part of the country to leave quickly if their safety was no longer assured.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the chairman of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, stated the Forum would continue to take up matters relating to the protection and safety of Northerners in the South.
He said stakeholders and other great Nigerians must do everything reasonable to prevent the growth of sensitive matters that would lead to the collapse of law and order in the nation.
I will like to take a particular note of the last paragraph of your presentation especially with what we have heard in the last few hours that some violence had already started to manifest in some sections of the country against the herdsmen, who for all known reasons have been in peaceful co-existence in the communities where they have lived for many years.
Now, certainly we are worried about their safety, like we are worried about the safety of every Nigerian who decided to live wherever they want to.
But then, if there is no certainty that their safety is guaranteed by the authorities that are immediately around them or by the authorities that have the responsibility for the overall security of all Nigerians wherever they reside, we are certainly worried about their wellbeing and I think particular attention should be paid to what is happening on hour-to-hour, day-to-day basis. .
And if it is indeed, true that there safety is not guaranteed in the places where they are residing, we would rather have them back into areas where there safety is guaranteed, and this is coming back as much as possible to the North.
They who are residents there should keep us informed and those of us who are monitoring from here should also keep ourselves informed about what is happening,” he said.