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Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai condemns the “unlawful eviction” of herders across the country



Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, has condemned the “unlawful eviction” of herders across the country, stating that every citizen reserves the right to choose where to reside.

His comments comes amid calls for herders to leave some parts of the country, over concerns related to insecurity led by Sunday Igboho.

Igboho had asked herdsmen in Igangan in Ibarapa north local government area of Oyo to leave within seven days following reports of the killing of some Oyo citizens.

He had blamed herders and Fulanis, including Saliu Kadri, the Seriki Fulani, of being behind the rising insecurity in the area.

But Governor Nasir el-Rufai in a statement issued on Wednesday reads in parts, “On behalf of the Government of Kaduna State, I call on all Nigerians living in our State to respect law and order and the rights of all citizens to live in peace and security wherever they reside or work. I appeal to my colleagues governing other States in our country to make similar statements, and disavow these attacks and massacres,” .

He said, “The genuine fears felt by people across the country for their safety and security imposes a responsibility on all leaders to ensure that these anxieties are assuaged & urgent steps taken to relieve human misery and stop the criminal actions that menace our citizens”.

Earlier, the Department of State Services (DSS) had again warned against alleged plans to cause ethnic and religious violence in the country.

DSS in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, recalled that the service had on January 11, issued an alert of alleged plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country.

Afunanya said some persons, in collaboration with external forces, intended to incite religious violence in states such as Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, and Lagos, as well as those in the South East.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby reminds the public of its earlier warnings about plans by persons and groups to exploit some fault lines to cause ethno-religious violence in parts of the country,” the statement partly read.

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