President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the relocation call made by the Northern elders to the Fulanis living in the Southern part of the Nation, saying no group has the right to order any group to vacate any part of the country.
The President emphasizes “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,” adding that the protection of the citizens wherever they are within the country is the government’s core mandate given by the constitution and he will ensure that the people get the protection well deserved.
Amerborgist recalls that the relocation verdict from Northern Elders Forum (NEF) came Tuesday after a joint meeting with the Coalition of the Northern Groups (CNGs), a group which last week issued a 30-day ultimatum on the President to return to the suspended Ruga Policy while threatening to resort to self-help if the deadline is not met.
According to NEF, the homecoming call became salient in light of various threats allegedly made by a couple of groups from the South in the wake of a recent murder along the Benin-Ore Road which many believed was perpetrated by the Fulani herders.
But the President, speaking through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, questioned the logic of the elders forum and “other so- called leaders in delving into issues with unsolicited, ill-intentioned advice” , warning them to stop dabbling into issues to score cheap points and mislead the people.
He added that his administration is committed to finding a lasting solution to the farmers-herders crisis in “a way that will be acceptable to all”.
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.
“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. 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.”