Members of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari would be held responsible for the killing of Fulani herdsmen in the southern part of the country.
CNG’s position is coming barely 24 hours after Buhari ordered Fulani to stay put in the southern part of the country in defiance of CNG’s and the Prof. Ango Abdullahi-led Northern Elders Forum (NEF) directive on Fulani to return to the North for the safety of their lives and property.
The CNG’s spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday, wondered why it took the President Buhari-led administration this long to respond to the plight of the Fulani in the country.
The group, which applauded Buhari for his prompt response to assure Nigerians of government’s determination to provide adequate security to all citizens living in any part of the country, said: “CNG wholeheartedly welcomes the assurance given by the President and his government to protect and guarantee the safety of all Nigerians anywhere they are, including the threatened herdsmen in the South.
“We, however, wish to remind the President and the government that northerners would hold them fully responsible should any one of the Fulani fall victim of the consequences of the concerns we raised.
“It is apparent that the government’s initial silence throughout the recent weeks when various southern leaders and regional organisations were busy issuing incendiary threats and vituperations against the Fulani and northerners living in the South smacked of discriminatory application of this important constitutional provision.
“We, however, find it even more inexplicable and disturbing that the government kept mute and allowed this errant behaviour by some southern leaders and groups only for it to find its voice when threatened northerners were advised to consider returning home to safety.”
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State yesterday vowed to establish the livestock settlement to check herdsmen’s and community’s unrest.
Ganduje said the intent to set up RUGA colony in Kano was to create a natural environment for the herdsmen to fully explore deposited resources.
The governor stated this yesterday while inaugurating committees on RUGA settlement and internally-generated revenue (IGR) at the Government House in Kano.