The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has issued a warning that the widespread murder of northerners will no longer be allowed.
In a statement released on Friday, the Forum’s director of publicity and advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, urged authorities to safeguard northerners residing in the South.
The Forum highlighted the risks posed by the increasing occurrences and provocations.
It expressed grave worry over what it described as an increase in incidences of Northerners being targeted, profiled, and killed in various Southern regions.
It said: “Northern Elders Forum is deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South.”
The forum stated that there have been numerous recent incidents involving harassment, illegal arrests, attacks, and deaths of Nigerians from the North, including the recent murder of Nigerians in Imo State who were reportedly killed on suspicion that they were northerners.
According to the report, it appears that gangs who prey on northerners are inspired by leaders’ silence and the lack of a suitable response from security and other law enforcement agencies.
The conference requested that killers who target northerners be apprehended and punished while simultaneously pleading for all communities to coexist in peace.
It added: “The impression that northerners are fair game for groups and organizations in the South is forcing northerners to exercise their rights to travel and live peacefully in any part of Nigeria only under great danger and fear. This is intolerable and unacceptable.”
It also called for the stern and unequivocal denunciation of community members, leaders, and elders who comprehend the vulnerability of all citizens’ welfare and security to the degree of other citizens’ insecurity in some regions of the nation.
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