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Buhari Blasts Northern Elders Forum

Fulani Herdsmen: Buhari Blasts Northern Elders Forum

Buhari tells herders not to listen to their call. President Buhari has slammed the prominent Northern Elders Forum for urging Fulani herdsmen to return home to northern Nigeria if they feel unsafe and insecure in the southern region of the country.Buhari said such a call was apolitical and needless.According to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, the president said all citizens of Nigeria were free to move and live within any part of the country they please, whether or not they are originally from there.


“In line with our country’s constitution, the government of Nigeria and the administration of President MuhaGarb Buhari will protect citizens of Nigeria wherever they find themselves. No one has the right to ask anyone or group to depart from any part of the country, whether North, South, East or West,” the statement stated. It went on to say "They have no authority to make such pronouncements. The polarising role of the Northern Elders Forum and all those other groups dabbling into issues of security to score cheap political points has for long been a sore point in Nigeria’s body polity.  

They should not be allowed to mislead anyone, least of all the Fulani herders. The Buhari administration is fully devoted to finding a lasting solution to the herder-farmer clashes in different parts of Nigeria – one that would be acceptable to all the parties involved.” But what I do not understand Is why the president should get so angry about this matter if he had no intention of islamizing the non-islamic southern States.

The Yoruba Youth Association (YYSA) supported the call on the herdsmen to return home if it would bring the peace, security of life and property in the South West. Meanwhile, In its response to the controversial order, the Fulani umbrella group, Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, asked its members across the country not to leave where they are in the southern part. In a chat with LEADERSHIP last night after an emergency meeting by Miyetti Allah, its national secretary, Engr. Sale Alhassan said that cattle rearing is not like “Okada business” (commercial motorcycling)  that one can just close down and start leaving where he has been earning his living.

Alhassan said: “We have just finished a meeting with our national president and our patron. This is our position. We condemn those calling on Fulani to return to the North. It’s unwarranted. We have not received any security threat that will warrant our people leaving the South.We will hold the governors of Nigeria responsible if anything happen to our members in any part of the country, not only the South East, South -South, South West but including the northern states,” he said.

The Igbo group seem indifferent on this matter saying that the Herdsmen has not done anything to deserve leaving the Southern States and so they should decide their fate, either to obey and leave, or not to. Whatever the case, we only pray for peace, security and unity in the polity.

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