The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has blamed the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for the calls by different groups for the eviction of citizens from some parts of the country.
In a statement on Monday, NEF’s spokesperson, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said such threats by different groups have become popular because the government has not shown much will to address the situation.
“It is no exaggeration to say that our country has never been so threatened by a combination of weak and ineffective governance and a determined effort from many quarters to capitalise on this weakness to attack the foundations which give all citizens and communities some comfort that we are not headed for almost certain, irretrievable disaster,” he said.
“It appears that many groups and persons who have public standing, political adventurers and upstarts believe that it is open season to intensify attacks on the foundations of our co-existence through acts that provoke, frighten or otherwise cast doubts over the capacities of those who have sworn to protect the nation and citizens.
“The continuous silence from responsible Nigerians and the capitulation of hitherto influential groups to politics of the gutter is creating a dangerous space which further erodes the chances that a rational approach to the triggers to these provocations can be found.
“Many of the provocations and threats are directly related to maneuvers for 2023, as well as attempts to hurt and weaken the North by making it the culprit behind all manner of grievances, real or contrived.”
“There are politicians who think weakening the country is their best guarantee for achieving their goals,” he added.
“Groups which are floating irredentist agendas to blackmail others do not impress the north. It is vital that elected leaders find the will to reduce the damage of opportunistic politicians.
“If, as it clearly appears to be the case, they cannot do this, citizens with the capacity to influence opinion and chart a course towards a safer country for all citizens should get involved.”