The Coalition of the Northern Groups (CNGs) has alleged Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, of inhibiting programmes and projects by the federal government allegedly beneficial to people of the north.
CNG’s spokesperson, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman, leveled this allegation, which he didn’t substantiate while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja alongside the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, including its chairman, Prof Ango Abdullahi, against the backdrop of the onslaught of verbal attacks on Fulani herdsmen by leaders of Southern extraction in the wake of the killing of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s daughter.
Speaking, Sulaiman, said the positions expressed by Southern leaders were tantamount to the declaration of war against the north.
He went to accuse Osinbajo of pursuing anti-north agenda claiming the vice president is frustrating the government’s National Livestock Transformation Plan which is domiciled in his office.
His word, “Throwing caution to the wind, Gani Adams, Fani Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and a host of other southern regionalists shamelessly insisted on changing the narratives around killing of the Fasoranti lady. In the process, they threatened all forms of violations and breaches against northerners including the threat of an all-out war.
“With all these statements and steps taken by the southern governors and opinion leaders, we are worried that none of the northern governors or federal official has deemed it apt to caution them.
“The failure or neglect of the police to trace a connection between the Fasoranti murder and the seeming prearranged conduct of Fani Kayode, Odumakin and Adams by their haste to shift the blame in order to render the Fulani object of attack is certainly suspicious.
“We are concerned about the sincerity of the federal government in implementing the NLTP going by the manner previous efforts at executing development projects like the Mambilla hydro-electric power project and several initiatives on the herdsmen dilemma were invariably stalled.
“We are equally worried that the NLTP is vested in the office of the vice president that is believed to have frustrated previous projects meant for the north.
“We find it difficult to trust the commitments of this government which has for the past four years failed to execute any positive initiative towards resolving the herders problems nor shown any encouraging concern for the dilemma of the Fulani who have been attacked in various states.
“Based on the above observations sir, and the fact that the instigation of hatred against the Fulani persists, we feel obliged to advise the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum to consider calling on the Fulani to forego their right to live and flourish anywhere in the south and relocate to their various states in the north to ensure their safety noting the inherent return value of such denial.”