The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has urged all Fulani herdsmen staying in the southern part of the country to leave, 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 violent in the nation.
Considering what we’ve heard in the last few hours that an act of violence against herdsmen had already started to manifest in some sections of the country. 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 governing them, 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 their safety is not guaranteed in places where they are residing, we would rather have them back into areas where their safety is guaranteed, and this entails coming back to the North as much as possible.
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.