- President Buhari has faulted call by the Northern Elders Forum to Fulani living in the southern part of Nigeria
- NEF had advised Fulani living in the southern part of the country to relocate to the north so that they would not be attacked
- President Buhari calls on all Nigerians to ignore the call
- The president says all citizens of Nigeria are free to move and live within any part of the country they please, whether or not they are originally from there
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on all Nigerians to ignore the recent call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to Fulani herdsmen, asking them to leave the southern part of Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, July 17, by the president's senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
Legit.ng recalls that the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) asked all Fulani herdsmen residing in the southern part of the country to leave immediately if their security was no longer guaranteed.
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In his reaction, President Buhari said all citizens of Nigeria are free to move and live within any part of the country they please, whether or not they are originally from there.
The statement read: "In line with our country's constitution, the government of Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu 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."
In the statement, Shehu said: "They have no one’s 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."
He said that President Buhari, therefore, called on all Nigerians to help keep the peace in the country.
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Legit.ng previously reported that elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, condemned the call by the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), asking Fulani living in the southern part of the country to relocate to the north so as not to be attacked.
Yakasai, who faulted the call in a statement in Kano on Wednesday, July 17, said the 1999 constitution of Nigeria allows Fulani to live anywhere in Nigeria.
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