Published On: Fri, Jul 19th, 2019

Quit order: Buhari warns northern elders, youth against politicizing

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By Lawrence Olaoye

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the northern elders under the aegis of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and a coalition of youths from the region against politicizing insecurity in the country.

Chairman of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullai, had on Tuesday called on Fulani herdsmen to start returning to the north from the southern part of the country.

Buhari, in a statement made available to newsmen by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, had enjoined all Nigerians to ignore the call asserting that Nigerians have the right to reside anywhere in the country.

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.

“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,” the President said.

The President questioned the intentions of the NEF and the other so-called leaders in delving into issues with unsolicited, ill-intentioned advice.

“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.”

The President, therefore, called on all Nigerians to help keep the peace in the country.

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