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RUGA: Northern elders demand end to Fulani harassment

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RUGA: Northern elders demand end to Fulani harassment

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on Friday demanded that the Federal Governnment come up with policies that will end the problem of Fulani harassment.

The NEF also asked the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to exercise restraint over its insistence on the implementation of the Ruga settlement scheme by the Federal Government, asking it not to take any further action in view of the involvement of northern governors and other respected Nigerians.

The NEF said this in a statement by it’s Deputy Convener, Amb. Yahaya Kwande, adding that they would discuss with the CNG, Governors’ Forum and any Nigerian out for genuine solutions to the problems being faced by northern communities and the livestock industry.

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The statement read in part: “Most Nigerians recognise 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.

“Federal and state governments must adopt policies and positions which address the harassment of Fulani and their cattle, de-escalation of inciting rhetoric and actions and short and long-term solutions to the problems which could damage the livestock industry, worsen community relations and threaten national security.

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