Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has cautioned the federal government against profiling and targeting all Fulanis as terrorists, saying that millions of law-abiding Fulanis should be encouraged to stay on the side of the law.
NEF also noted President Buhari’s silence on Nnamdi Kanu will do serious injury to a country already threatened by multiple challenges to its security and territorial integrity if he delays announcing the only responsible response, which is that the judicial process in the case of Kanu must be allowed to run its course.
Recall that, federal High Court in Abuja under trial Justice Taiwo Taiwo has ruled that activities of bandits, as well as other similar groups, by whatever names they are called, in any part of the country, amounted to acts of terrorism and subsequently declared them terrorists.
NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement yesterday, Said, the forum has noted a judicial decision to label bandits and kidnappers as terrorists and recommends greater clarity in terms of the targets of this development.
“There are millions of Fulani who are law-abiding citizens and they should be encouraged t stay, while those who have chosen to continue on the path of criminality should feel the full weight of the law”, he said.
NEF has also noted that “They have carefully studied the request of Igbo Elders for President Muhammadu Buhari to terminate the trial of Nnamdi Kanu and release him unconditionally. It has also been noted that President Buhari’s response both raised very weighty issues related to the request, and his commitment to consider it.
The forum also advised the National census planned for 2022 should be postponed until after the 2023 elections saying that “The integrity and success of a sensitive and vital activity such as this will be compromised by destabilized and threatened communities and proximity to another sensitive activity such as general elections.”
The Forum, therefore, invites Federal government attention to the hardship under which the vast majority of the population lives, “Increasing poverty levels and widespread insecurity demand that leaders should exercise extreme caution in taking economic and security-related decisions”.
He said an increase in the price of fuel, in particular, will compound the already desperate condition of living of most Nigerians decisions on this matter must include considerations of the interests of the national economy, welfare of the citizen,n and reactions of a hard-pressed citizenry.