- A coalition of legal practitioners under the auspices of Right Without Violence said Fulani are citizens with right to live in any part of Nigeria
- The coordinator of the group Ahmed Jibril said the current trend of disparaging people of Fulani extraction is dangerous for Nigeria’s unity
- Jibril urged the federal government must take urgent steps to avert bloodshed in the country
A coalition of legal practitioners under the auspices of Right Without Violence on Thursday, February 1, called on federal government as a matter of urgency to bring the lingering herdsmen/farmers crisis to an end.
Daily Trust reports that the coordinator of the group Ahmed Jibril, made this known in Zaria, saying that the government must be proactive against the crisis.
According to Jibril, ''Our survival as a nation is at stake. We cannot sit down helplessly and watch. federal government must take urgent steps to avert bloodshed in Nigeria. Fulanis are bonafide citizens of Nigeria and they have the right to live anywhere in Nigeria just like any other Nigerian.
''We shouldn't allow Nigeria to be like Rwanda, Burundi or Liberia, where ethnicity threw them into prolonged crisis, because a house divided against itself cannot stand.
''The signing of anti-grazing law by Benue and Taraba states is dangerous and total violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The two states should be held responsible for the loss of lives, which their reckless action caused.''
The group urged the Federal Government to investigate and fish out the perpetrators of previous and present crises with a view to making them face justice.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the presidency said over 756 people were killed by herdsmen in the past two years under former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The presidency also debunked claims that the rampaging herdsmen are freely operating within the country because the president is a Fulani man.
Speaking in a recent video posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, January 10, Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Buhari, said the recent killing by herdsmen started a long time ago.
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