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El-Rufai cautions southern governors over Fulani eviction order

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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the eviction of herders, warning southern governors not to allow the controversial Fulani eviction order to spark anarchy.

Governor El-Rufai said this on Wednesday during a State-wide broadcast, calling on governors of the southern part of the country, not to make volatile statements.

El-Rufai also called on members of the National Assembly, to fast-track action on the constitutional amendments that would usher in state and community policing.

The governor said, “I appeal to my colleagues governing other States in our country to make similar statements, and disavow these attacks and massacres.

“We must avoid anarchy and vigorously promote the rule of law and the right of all citizens to life, liberty and livelihoods wherever they choose to reside.

“Elected and appointed public leaders across the country must act on their constitutional obligations to protect all citizens, uphold order, and contribute to a climate for peaceful resolution of all issues.

“We have resisted the attempt to tag all members of any ethnic group for the criminal actions of some of their members. At all times, our government has upheld the right of every citizen to live and pursue legitimate livelihoods wherever they choose.”

El-Rufai noted that his government had ordered the arrest of individuals issuing an unlawful eviction notice to citizens of a certain ethnicity in 2017.

“The impunity and calculated disregard for a common humanity that prompted such irresponsible rhetoric is sadly at play again,” he cried out.

“We cannot allow, by inaction or otherwise, the reign of anarchy where fear creates a tragic momentum of violence, blurring the lines between victims and perpetrators and complicating a difficult moment.

He added, “Governments and security agencies must rein in all non-state actors, tackle hateful rhetoric and protect all communities. Those that engage in criminal acts must be arrested and prosecuted without regard to their ethnic or religious persuasion.

“We cannot quench one fire by setting more places ablaze. Let us reject the path of disorder, marginalise, expose and prosecute all criminals and promote peace.”

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