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HERDSMEN: Northern elders raise alarm over plot to incite violence in Nigeria

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed concern that some elites and elected public office holders were plotting to take advantage of the current crisis generated by herdsmen activities to incite violence in the country.

The NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this in a statement on Friday.

He said the recent call by the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) to the United Nation was a proof of the “lamentable desperation of some groups to erode the country’s security and integrity.

The statement read: “The Northern Elders’ Forum is constrained to invite the nation’s attention to the dangers of sustained attempts to raise tensions and create fear among Nigerians until, presumably, they lead to a major crisis involving groups and regions in the country.

“The Northern Elders Forum is constrained to invite the nation’s attention to the dangers of sustained attempts to raise tensions and create fear among Nigerians until, presumably, they lead to a major crisis involving groups and regions in the country.

“Now the nation is facing imminent threats from persons who are bent on pushing all of us nearer to disaster, to help them achieve their nefarious goals.

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“The Forum particularly notes that continuing narratives and threats, including comments from seemingly responsible Nigerians and even elected officials who swore to protect the rights of all citizens and the survival of the country, are raising fears and passions that could make it easy to break more laws of the land and pitch citizens against each other.

“Allegations of planned or actual genocide are being made with reckless abandon, and even the international community is being lobbied in futile efforts to sell the fiction that some groups are intent on mass extermination of other groups.

“The Forum commits to continue to work to retrieve the country from the dangerous cliff where it has been placed by irresponsible people, many of them in positions of responsibility.”

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