The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said the people of the North do not need anyone’s approval to live in the South-West.
Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Director, Publicity and Advocacy, made the declaration in a statement on Friday.
The NEF position was in reaction to the decision of the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Traders and Cattle Breeders Association Union (AUTCBAU) to call off its strike.
Their action, refusal to transport food and cattle to the southern part of the country, followed attacks on its members and related threats.
The Forum hailed the decision of the Federal Government to address multiple taxation and extortion on federal highways along the country’s eastern corridor, from Borno through Adamawa to states in the South-East and the South-South.
NEF said checkpoints numbering more than one hundred had been pronounced as illegal, yet they are tolerated by the authorities.