…Northern Elders urge all Nigerians to ‘exercise restraint’
Amidst the eviction notice issued to Fulani herders in some southern states of the country, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje says a law should be enacted which would place a ban on the movement of herdsmen and cattle from the North to the southern regions.
Speaking to newsmen after a special lunch with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, Governor Ganduje argued that the law will also address the issue of cattle-rustling in the northern part of the country.
The governor said he believes it will help curb the recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
“My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the Northern part of Nigeria to the Middle-Belt and to the southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban such movements, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot stop the cattle-rustling, which is affecting us greatly”, the governor stated.
On its part, the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has asked Nigerians to exercise restraint.
The NEF, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, described reports of eviction and attacks on some Fulani communities as deeply worrying.
While warning Nigerians who threaten the Fulani communities in all parts of the country, Baba-Ahmed said a vast majority of Fulani are law-abiding and have rights to live lawfully wherever they can find means of subsistence.
According to the Northern elders, like all Nigerians who can be found in other parts of the country, the rights of the Fulani will not be abridged by criminals hiding behind ethnic interests to exterminate them.
The Forum called on President Buhari and the State governors to “take immediate and decisive steps to protect law-abiding members of Fulani communities from killers and criminals who apparently believe that Fulani have no rights in Nigeria”.
It also demanded for “the immediate arrest and prosecution of persons who are attacking Fulani and setting the country on a very dangerous path”, vowing that “the Fulani will not be ejected from any Nigerian community only on the basis of being Fulani or herding cattle within the limits of laws and regulations”.