The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has urged Fulani herdsmen to return to the northern region if their security cannot be guaranteed in the southern part of the nation.
Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, stated this on Wednesday while speaking on Channels TV Politics Today programme.
According to Baba-Ahmed, the advice to relocate back to the north was necessary following alleged attack on Fulani herders in the south.
He noted that there are millions of Fulani living lawfully, consequently, it was wrong to have a negative perception about the race.
“Everyone in Nigeria knows that in the last few days, Fulani people are being harassed, threatened and attacked, initially in the western part of the country and now the eastern part,” he said.
“Some individuals and communities have taken law into their hand that they don’t want to see the Fulani in anywhere in Nigeria, Nigerians living lawfully, pursuing a living like every other Nigerians but sadly demonized and criminalized and everybody is saying we don’t want to see Fulani, Fulani must go.
“We confirmed that there are millions of Fulani living lawfully, legally, they are not bandits, they are not kidnappers, they are not breaking any law, so there is no reason why anybody should demonize them.
“We observed that innocent people are being attacked just for being Fulani, that’s unacceptable, we also established that a lot of them in Oyo, Ondo and in some part of the east in the last two days have been threatened and attacked, a lot of cattle have been killed, so we advised the Fulani to seek protection and leave.”
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