Herdsmen Crisis: Nigerians have right to live wherever they choose – El-Rufa’i

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, on Wednesday, urged his colleagues all over Nigeria to avoid anarchy and uphold the rule of law and the right of all Nigerians to reside wherever they choose to live.

The governor, in a State broadcast, also urged his colleagues in other States to order the arrest of host citizens who issue eviction notices to people of other tribes.

Recall that Oyo and Ondo States have been in the eye of the storm lately over security challenges and the moves to check some herdsmen’s activities said to have taken to crime.

A self-styled Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, had issued a quit notice to herdsmen accused of sundry crimes in the Ibarapa area, of Oyo, and enforced the same. Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had also said herdsmen must register with the State government or vacate the State’s forest reserves.

The two developments had raised dust in recent time, with the Presidency saying that the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, ordered the arrest of Igboho. The Presidency also knocked Akeredolu for issuing a vacation order to herdsmen, reiterating that herders have the constitutional right to reside anywhere in Nigeria.

Speaking on Wednesday, the Kaduna State governor said indigenes of the states residing in other parts of the country had reached out to him to lament their host communities’ hostilities in recent times.

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