A 30-day ultimatum has been issued to state governors who are opposed to the Ruga settlement programme to reconsider their decision.
The ultimatum was given by a coalition of northern groups (CNGs).
This is coming hours after the federal government announced the suspension of the Ruga initiative, proposed to resolve clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
This was after the controversy that had trailed the project since it was announced in June. While some governors welcomed it, others had said it could lead to more attacks on communities.
At a press briefing in Abuja, spokesperson for the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the criticism trailing the programme is already provoking resentment among herders who are of Fulani extraction.
Suleiman also warned about the consequences that would follow if herders are not allowed “to enjoy their citizens’ rights of living and flourishing”.
“While we warn all state governments that stand against the implementation of the RUGA Initiative to desist and give peace a chance, we place President Buhari and the Federal Government on notice that they must completely stop this raging madness within 30-days beginning from today, Wednesday,” he said.
“For the avoidance of doubt we advice the federal authorities and the southern leaders to heed the 30-day notice failing which we must definitely be led with no option than to consider resorting into our decisive line of action.
“We remind the nation that so long as the Fulani will not be allowed to enjoy their citizens’ rights of living and flourishing in any parts of this country including the south, no one should expect us to allow any southerner to enjoy the same in northern Nigeria.”