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‘Policy is Fulani expansionist, hegemonistic agenda, attempt to colonise Yoruba race’

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Former Chairman of Plateau State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Sule Kwasau, has said Federal Government’s Ruga settlement policy is in furtherance of the expansionist and hegemonistic agenda of the Fulani, who see the entire Nigeria as their heritage.

He also argued that the controversy trailing the Ruga settlement policy in the country, lacked sincerity of purpose.

He stated this yesterday in Jos at a media briefing, saying lack of sincerity of purpose has been the problem why the government has not been able to overcome the threat posed by herdsmen in the country.

Kwaau said it was possible that the policy was being vigorously pursued because President Muhammadu Buhari himself is a cattle breeder who belongs to the same clan with herdsmen.

National President of the Association of Middle Belt of Nigeria (ASOMBEN), who spoke in his personal capacity added: “This government is a government by subterfuge because most of its policies are not well thought out.

“They are haphazard as the government often times act on the spur of the moment. Government is not run that way. And that is why we keep going around in circles in motion without movement.

“Government’s middle name in Nigeria is controversy because they love it as a diversionary tactic to keep the people engaged in discussing such controversies, while bad governance continues.

“How can a government come out and single out one ethnic group and give them a radio station? Why the dust raised by that controversy has not settled, we are hearing of Miyetti Allah Vigilante in the entire Nigeria.”

He added that while Nigerians are yet to finish digesting that, government has now come up with the Ruga settlement controversy.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Youth Council (YYC) Worldwide has described Federal Government’s planned Ruga settlements in the Southwest as an attempt to colonise the Yoruba race in the guise of promoting cattle breeding.

In a statement by Deputy National Publicity Secretary of YYC, Benson Akinwumi, the group cautioned that the move would only aggravate herders-farmers’ crisis in the country instead of resolving it.

Akinwunmi also warned the Southwest governors against supporting the policy or giving lands for the project.

“As much as we are trying to contain the pressures of calls and outcry from youths within and outside the country, we still want to make our stand known without diplomacy that we don’t want Ruga settlements in any part of Yoruba land,” he added.


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