– The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has kicked against the verbal attacks and threats on herdsmen in the southwest
– In a message to governors in the region, the ACF warned that this must be addressed quickly to avoid another civil war in Nigeria
– The forum also called on the federal government to assume its position and act on the matter
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The most prominent socio-cultural group in northern Nigeria, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has given a stern reaction to the quit notices sent to herdsmen in the southwest.
The ACF has stated that this may breed serious ethnic clashes and could even deteriorate into another civil war if something drastic is not done immediately.
In a statement signed on Saturday, January 23, by its national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, the group called on state governors and the federal government to put an end to the incessant attacks on herders, The Nation reports.
The forum expressed shock over the case of Sunday Igboho who issued a quit notice to herdsmen in Oyo.
Part of the statement read:
“The most disturbing aspect of the attack is the allegation that the security agents who were earlier warned about its imminence stood by helplessly as the attack was carried out.
“The ACF is worried about this trend and calls on the Federal and State Governments in the South West to move quickly to avert a social upheaval that may destabilize the whole country. We recall that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter-attacks like this.
“Those who carried out these attacks must be apprehended and the due process of the law allowed to take its course.”
Earlier, Igboho dared the government of Oyo state to arrest him following his “leave” order to Fulani herders in Igangan community.
Igboho on Friday, January 22, stormed the town in Ibarapa East local government area of Oyo state after the expiration his seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani herders mandating them to vacate the community.
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