Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, has condemned what he described as the “unlawful eviction” of Fulanis in the South-west, stating that every Nigerian has the right to live wherever they chose to.
The governor said this in a statement, while reacting to the recent eviction notice issued to herdsmen in some parts of the region .
Yoruba rights activist, Saunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, had issued eviction notice to Fulani herdsmen in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government in Oyo State, accusing them of killings and kidnappings in the area.
El-rufai decried the development and called on other state governors to take a firm stand against attacks on Fulanis.
“The government of Kaduna State notes with grave concern, video clips circulating on social media platforms like WhatsApp in which citizens of a particular ethnicity are being massacred and their properties destroyed in parts of Nigeria. This is coming amidst avoidable rhetoric, frenzied ethnic profiling and unlawful eviction of citizens from their places of domicile,” the statement read.
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“Many citizens of Kaduna State have reached out to me as their governor to confirm the authenticity of these video clips. Some allege that these incidents have the support of leaders of the places where attacks have occurred. While I am unable to confirm the authenticity of the video clips, their impact on the peaceful coexistence of our people is a source of concern.
“On behalf of the Government of Kaduna State, I call on all Nigerians living in our State to respect law and order and the rights of all citizens to live in peace and security wherever they reside or work. I appeal to my colleagues governing other States in our country to make similar statements, and disavow these attacks and massacres.
“We must avoid anarchy and vigorously promote the rule of law and the right of all citizens to life, liberty and livelihoods wherever they choose to reside.
Elected and appointed public leaders across the country must act on their constitutional obligations to protect all citizens, uphold order, and contribute to a climate for peaceful resolution of all issues,” the statement read.