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Disregard Northern Elders Advice To leave The South, Buhari Tells Herdsmen

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked herdsmen to disregard the call to vacate the southern part of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked herdsmen to disregard the call to vacate the southern part of the country.

It would be recalled that the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had asked herders to leave the southern part of the country if their safety is no longer guaranteed.

Disregard Northern Elders Advice To leave The South, Buhari Tells Herdsmen
President Muhammadu Buhari

But a senior Special Assistant to the President on media, Garba Shehu said no one has the right to ask anyone or group to leave any part of the country.

He noted that every citizen of the country is free to move within the shores of Nigeria.

“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.”

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