The Northern Elders Forum and the Coalition of the Northern Groups have asked Fulani herdsmen in the southern part of the country to return back to the north where their safety is guaranteed.
The statement came following the controversies surrounding the establishment of the Federal Government proposed Ruga Settlement for herders across the country.
Naija Buzz News reported all that you need to know regarding the controversial proposed Ruga establishment across the nation and how leaders from the southern parts of the country responded.
The Arewa groups calling for herdsmen return to the north expressed worries that some southern leaders had allegedly threatened war against the Fulani herders.
Recently, all kidnappings, banditry and killings across the nation (especially in the southern parts of Nigeria) were credited to Fulani herdsmen.
Abdul-Aziz Suleiman, the spokesman for the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), noted that the recent ban of herders from movement in the south was dangerous for the herdsmen.
He noted that all the southern governors had on July 9, 2019 jointly enacted a law barring Fulani herders from movement.
Naija Buzz News reported how the Governors from the South-East zone barred Fulani herdsmen from movement by foot on any Igbo land. The SE governors noted that herders must carry their cattle on truck directly to the market they intend to sell them.
Suleiman’s statement is right except that it was only the governors from the south-east that have currently enacted the law, although there’s vehemently campaign against herders in the South-West region.
He further noted that the governors arrogated to themselves powers to decide which category of herdsmen could be allowed to live in southern Nigeria.
Speaking on the accusation of Fulani herdsmen for the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunri, he noted that it was wrong to point at the Fulani herdsmen since no arrest has been made already to identify her killers.
The group further accused Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of frustrating any project meant for the benefit of the north.
“We are equally worried that the NLTP is vested in the office of the vice-president that is believed to have frustrated previous projects meant for the North,” the northern group said.
Read his complete statement below (as obtained by Naija Buzz News);
“Throwing caution to the winds, Gani Adams, Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and a host of other southern regionalists shamelessly insisted on changing the narratives around the killing of the Fasoranti lady.
“In the process, they threatened all forms of violations and breaches against northerners including the threat of an all-out war.
“With all these statements and steps taken by the southern governors and opinion leaders, we are worried that none of the northern governors or federal official has deemed it apt to caution them.
“The failure or neglect of the police to trace a connection between the Fasoranti daughter’s murder and the seeming prearranged conduct of Fani-Kayode, Odumakin and Adams by their haste to shift the blame in order to render the Fulani object of attack is certainly suspicious.
“We are concerned about the sincerity of the Federal Government in implementing the NLTP going by the manner previous efforts at executing developmental projects like the Mambila hydro-electric power project and several initiatives on the herdsmen dilemma were invariably stalled.
“We are equally worried that the NLTP is vested in the office of the vice-president that is believed to have frustrated previous projects meant for the North.
“We find it difficult to trust the commitments of this government, which has for the past four years, failed to execute any positive initiative towards resolving the herders’ problems nor shown any encouraging concern for the dilemma of the Fulani who have been attacked in various states.
“Based on the above observations sir, and the fact that the instigation of hatred against the Fulani persists, we feel obliged to advise the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum to consider calling on the Fulani to forgo their right to live and flourish anywhere in the South and relocate to their various states in the North to ensure their safety.”
The recent call for the return of Fulani herdsmen to the north was also supported by Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, who noted that the call for their return was due to the utterances of southern leaders.
Prof. Abdullahi who was a Vice Chancellor at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, noted that the north is worried over the safety of the herders, saying that their safety can no longer be guaranteed in the southern parts of Nigeria.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.