It also urged them to de-escalate inciting rhetorics regarding the now-suspended Ruga Project designed for the settlement of herders across the country.
NEF made the call in a statement yesterday by its Deputy Convener, Amb. Yahaya Kwande.
The Forum asked the country to remain sensitive to its rising deficits in security of lives and economic assets.
The statement read, “Federal and State governments must adopt policies and positions which address the harassment of Fulani and their cattle, de-escalation of inciting rhetorics and actions and short and long-term solutions to the problems which could damage the livestock industry, worsen community relations and threaten national security.
“The nation should remain sensitive to its rising deficits insecurity of lives and economic assets, and must do everything possible not to escalate tensions and distrust among Nigerians.”
The Forum also said it had taken note of the diverse positions adduced by groups and interests from the South and those from Northern Nigeria.
In particular, NEF said it had taken note of the representations made at a Press Conference held by the Coalition of Northern Groups on the latest developments related to the failure to find solutions to the problems related to management of the livestock assets of Nigerians, particularly cattle of the Fulani.
While the Forum said it had also taken due notice of the intense reactions which the statement by the Coalition generated across the country, it added that it has been contacted by a broad spectrum of interests and opinions to use its position to calm nerves and assist in the search for a practical and fair resolution of the situation.
NEF also acknowledged that the Northern Governors’ Forum Chairman, Simon Lalong, has also made similar overture to its leadership and a meeting has been fixed for next week.
“In consideration of the appeals of many well-meaning leaders and Nigerians including the Forum of Northern Governors, and in the exercise of its responsibility as the platform of Northern Elders, the NEF advises the Coalition of Northern Groups to exercise responsible restraint and take no further action in view of the potentially productive involvement of Northern governors and other respected Nigerians.
“Most Nigerians recognize the genuine grounds for raising serious grievances in the light of provocations and apparent lack of sensitivity to a matter that affects the North and indeed the rest of Nigeria in a most critical manner.
“Northern Governors’ concerns and commitment to finding solutions to a problem which is not being adequately addressed and one which has the potential to create additional security and economic problems for the nation is welcome. NEF will engage with the Forum and the Coalition and any Nigerian who seeks genuine solutions to the problems being faced by Northern Communities and the livestock industry.
“Finally, as we urge the northerners to heed the call for restraint made by the Coalition earlier pending the outcome of the meetings with the Northern Governors when NEF shall come out with a definite position on the matter,” NEF added.
Kaduna: An kubutar da babban dan sanda daga hannun masu satar mutane
‘Yan sanda a jihar Kaduna, Najeriya, sun ce an yi nasarar kubutar da babban jami’in dan sandan nan da aka sace, ACP I. Musa, mai lakabin Rambo, a kan hanyar Kaduna zuwa Jos a karshen mako.
Mai magana da yawun rundunar DSP Yakubu Sabo ya ce an kubutar da babban dan sandan ne tare da direbansa ba tare da ko rauni ba.
Sai dai a tattaunawar da ya yi da BBC kakakin ya ki bayyana yadda aka yi nasarar kubutar da mutanen biyu, illa dai ya ce sai a nan gaba ne za su yi wannan bayani.
Game da cewa ko an yi wani dauki-ba-dadi da wadanda suka sace jami’an ‘yan sandan biyu,
ganin yadda a cikin dan lokaci da sace su har aka yi nasarar ceto su,
musamman ma a yadda ake ganin masu satar jama’a na da makamai, sai ya danganta hakan da irin kokarin jami’an tsaro.
DSP Sabo ya ce ba a wannan lokacin ba ne kadai aka taba yin irin wannan nasara ta saurin ceto wasu da aka sace cikin gaggawa ba.
Ya ce abu ne da ya dogara da yanayin aiki, wani lokacin a samu nasara da wuri wani lokacin kuma yakan dauki lokaci.
Game da yadda ake ganin ‘yan bindiga na yawan satar mutane da kai hare-hare a jihar ta Kaduna,
a matsayin wata alama ta tabarbarewar tsaro a jihar, mai magana da yawun ‘yan sandan ya ce abin ba haka yake ba, domin ba kasar da ba a aikata laifuka.
Ya ce sai dai kawai idan abu ya yi yawa yana tayar da hankalin mutane, wanda kuma rundunar ta yin duk abin da ya kamata domin maganin matsalar.
Ya kara da cewa sakamakon irin matakan da suke dauka a yanzu ba a yawan satar mutane a titin Kaduna zuwa Abuja, da sauran hare-hare da ake kai wa jama’a a jihar.
Ya ce yawanci ma a yanzu masu aikata irin wadannan laifuka sun koma wasu jihohi da ke makwabtaka da Kaduna ne, inda ya bayar da misalin iyakar jihar da Nasarawa ya ce a yanzu wasu a irin wadancan yankuna da ke da iyaka da Kaduna ake laifukan.
Sai dai ya ce akwai bukatar sauran jihohi masu makwabtaka da Kaduna su hada hannu domin maganin matsalar.
Terrorists kill four soldiers in Borno
At least four Nigerian soldiers and a militia fighter were killed in clashes with IS-aligned jihadists in Borno State, security sources told AFP on Sunday.
Fighting erupted late on Saturday when troops ambushed a convoy of the Islamic State West Africa Province near Jakana Village, 42 kilometres from the state capital, Maiduguri.
Several troops were also injured and four trucks were lost to the militants, a soldier said.
The jihadists were riding in pick-up trucks fitted with machine guns according to a source, who confirmed the death toll.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Nigerian military said seven jihadists were killed and eight injured when their vehicle hit a landmine during a clash near Jakana on Friday.
The improvised explosive device had been planted by the jihadists, army spokesman Colonel Aminu Iliyasu was quoted as saying.
The decade-long conflict, which spilt into Nigerian neighbours — Niger, Chad and Cameroon — has killed at least 35,000 people and forced some two million to flee their homes in Nigeria alone.
President Buhari departs Abuja Monday
A statement by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, said the summit would focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.
During the summit, President Buhari will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations between Nigeria and Russia.
Shehu stated that the two leaders would hold bilateral talks on security, trade and investment, and building partnership that would enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.
“The summit, which will be attended by African Heads of State, will bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges like nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.
“An African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and promote African business interest in the host country,’’ he added.
Shehu added that Buhari would be accompanied by Governors Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe state, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Others on the trip are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.
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