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Northern elders group tells herdsmen to vacate southern Nigeria, gives reason

- The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) said it is concerned about the security of the herdsmen residing in southern Nigeria

- The forum said all herdsmen should come back to the north if their safety is not guaranteed in the south

- The elders group tasked stakeholders to do everything possible to stop the escalation of sensitive matters that would lead to the breakdown of law and order in the country

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has allegedly asked all Fulani herdsmen residing in the southern part of the country to leave immediately if their security was no longer guaranteed.

According to Daily Trust, the chairman of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, made this known while addressing a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, July 16.

He reportedly said the forum would continue to take up issues relating to the security and safety of northerners in the south.

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Abdullahi tasked stakeholders and other well-meaning Nigerians to do everything possible to stop the escalation of sensitive matters that would lead to the breakdown of law and order in the country.

His words: “I will like to take a particular note of the last paragraph of your presentation especially with what we have heard in the last few hours that some violence had already started to manifest in some sections of the country against the herdsmen, 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."

Abdullahi said the northern elders are worried about the well-being of the herdsmen in the southern communities.

He continued: “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 the responsibility for the overall security of all Nigerians wherever they reside, we are certainly worried about their well-being 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 there 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 this is coming back as much as possible to the north.

“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.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, July 16 affirmed that security remains at the apex of his priorities.

He assured Nigerians that successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the northeast would be extended to parts of the country experiencing security challenges,

Buhari gave the assurance when he received members of the executive committee of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by their president, Dr Francis Faduyile, at the State House, Abuja.

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