The growing insecuirity in Nigeria is becoming worrisome, and most especially in the South-East of the country in recent times.
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has therefore pleaded with all Northerners living in the region to return home for the fear of being killed.
In a statement issued on Monday by the NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated that the advice became necessary following the “killings of northerners and the destruction of their properties by unknown gunmen linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra.”
The NEF further demanded that attacks and killings of Northerners and Federal Government employees and destruction of National assets must stop.
“We support calls for Northerners who are exposed to harassment and violence to consider relocating to the North.
“Our people are being profiled, attacked and killed while their properties are being destroyed by elements linked to IPOB and ESN who are on rampage across the region as border communities continue to witness bloody conflicts, farmers-herders clashes persist, with incidences of religious and ethnic profiling.
“The NEF also call for the arrest and prosecution of those who have been involved in it,” the NEF said.
In addition, the Forum said that until the Igbos decide whether it wants to secede or remain part of Nigeria, the laws of the country applies to them.