A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has spoken on the call by the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) for herdsmen to leave the Southern part of Nigeria.
It was reported on Tuesday that NEF directed the Fulani herdsmen to leave Southern part of the country if the safety of their lives and property are not guaranteed.
Prof. Ango Abdullahi, Chairman of the forum, said that there was a troublesome move by some people to engage herders with violence in the Southern part of the country. He revealed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
“We have heard in the few hours ago that some violence had already started to manifest in some sections of the country against the herdsmen.
“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 responsibility for the overall security of all Nigerians wherever they reside, we are certainly worried about their well being.
“If it is indeed true that their 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 they should be coming back as much as possible to the North,” Abdullahi said.
Fani-Kayode, in a tweet on Wednesday, applauded the NEF’s statement, adding that it will help to restore peace, unity and national cohesion in Nigeria.
He tweeted: “I welcome the call by the NEF and the NCG for the Fulani herdsmen to leave the south.
“This will help restore peace, unity and national cohesion. They should leave the Middle Belt as well, renounce violence, stop the killings, stop the terror and turn in their deadly weapons.”
At the time of filing this report, none of the ethnic associations in the Southeast or South south has reacted to the NCF call.