– Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged Nigerian leaders from the north and the south to embrace peace
– The group said that it has not issued any quit notice to the northerners in the southeast as being reported
– Ohanaeze warned that such a statement may create fear and chaos among ethnic groups that have been living together for many years
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that it did not tell Fulani or any northerner to vacate the southeast region.
Vanguard reports the group called on the elite of northern and southern Nigeria to desist from inflammatory statements, warning that such statements that could trigger conflicts and inflame passions.
Legit.ng gathered that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, however, condemned the activities of herdsmen instigating crises in the land through the invasion of farmlands, vandalism, and murders.
It also tasked the northern leaders to work for a return to the lawful herdsmen with whom its communities have interacted in various Hausa settlements across the southeast over many decades.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, on Thursday, February 4.
The statement read in part:
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is concerned about recent developments in Nigeria around the activities of herdsmen of Fulani stock said to be foreigners from outside Nigeria who have caused damage across the land and elicited negative reactions.
“Specifically, we assert that no one in the South, not the least the southeast, has issued quit orders to all Northerners or will ask Northerners to leave. Ndigbo are nation builders and not destroyers.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Shehu Sani has mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, for his long-overdue silence on the brewing Fulani herdsmen-farmer crisis in the southwest.
It was reported that in a tweet on Wednesday, February 3, the former lawmaker said Tinubu’s continuous hush over the ethnic tension generated by the eviction notice issued to the herders in Oyo and Ondo states is because he does not want to “lose his cap.”
Fulani herders have been accused of complicity in the rise in crimes including kidnapping, maiming, killing of farmers and destruction of farms in the southwest.
A two-week quit notice was issued to the herders to leave the Ondo state forests by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who argued that the criminals among the herders are using the reserves as hideouts for various crimes.