On Wednesday, the Prof. Anglo Abdullahi-led Northern Elders Forum, NEF, issued a stern warning against any form of attack/killings of Northerners residing in the Southern part of the country.
The warning was given in Enugu state when the NEF Elders meet with Northern groups residing in the South-East.
According to the spokesman of the NEF, Dr. Hakeem Ahmed, while addressing journalists, said the alleged attacks/killings of Northerners during the #End SARS protest was unprovoked and must not be repeated.
They maintain that Northerners had the right to live in any part of the country and must not be marked for attacks or for killing under whatever guise.
The Elders said, “we were very concerned with the fate of our kith and kin who live in the Southern part of the country.”
Hakeem also noted that as the #End SARS protest progressed, “when we observed that it was taking another dimension, we called up our youths to come off the streets, our young people are law-abiding, they respected us and stopped, when we discovered that the protest has an underlying intention and that it was going to jeopardize the security of everybody in this country, we put up a statement and said we think this protest should stop.
“We continued to observe the experience of our people in the Southern part of the country; very sad experiences, we didn’t find reason our people should be subject to attack. Our people were not against this protest; they did not stop anybody; we have evidence.
“We took our time to assess these damages, we sent people who came, and you gave graphic details of your experiences, they came back, and we felt we have to come.
“What you went through must never be allowed to happen again; we have been to Rivers State where the Governor gave us his word, and we are beginning to see the result of that engagement.”
He further stated, “We are here in Enugu because it is the five South-East States’ capital. We will meet with the governor, and we know he will relate our message to his colleagues.
“We are here to hear your grievances and to make sure it does not happen again. Our people in the North welcome other people from other parts of the country; we give them assurances, welcome them, have the right to live in the North and have the right to live here.
“We want a situation where no Northerner unjustly attacks anybody from the Southern part of the country, and not one person from the North should be attacked here in the Southern part of the country.”
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