A coalition of northern groups has given a 30-day ultimatum to Southern governors opposing the RUGA settlement program to reconsider their decisions.
According to the spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, he said;
“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 ultimatum beginning from today, Wednesday.”
Suleiman claims that the disagreement in accepting the program is already causing disaffection for herders who are Fulani. The next line of action from the group is, however, silent on what its next line of action would be should the states fail to comply with the ultimatum.
Coalition of Northern group issues 30-day ultimatum to governors opposed to RUGA settlement programme to reconsider their decisions or they woul resort to their next line of action. pic.twitter.com/kCcQNLOc2l
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President Buhari had earlier announced that the government has suspended Ruga settlement projects.
“Ruga Settlement” that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.
“Beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, not only Fulani herders.