The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), on Wednesday, called on Fulani communities whose lives and livestock assets are threatened in the southern part of the country, to return to the north.
There had been eviction orders to herdsmen in some southern states, especially in Oyo and Ondo States, which had led to attacks on Fulani communities and killings of about three people.
The spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, made the call at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said Fulani communities living in other parts of the country whose lives were threatened and without hope for protection from the federal authorities or their host communities, should immediately relocate to the North.
Suleiman said the coalition wondered why the northern governors were supporting a ban on open grazing without first identifying suitable lands and creating grazing reserves and cattle routes after four years government’s promises.
Sulaiman said the coalition was solidly behind Sheikh Ahmed Gumi’s initiative for engagement that could lead to amnesty, reorientation, reintegration, reassimilation for those who embraced peace and complete crackdown on those who rejected peace.