Arewa leaders task FG on measures to ameliorate plight of Fulani Herdsmen
The Arewa leaders, under the aegis of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have called on the Federal Government to immediately initiate measures that will ameliorate the sufferings of the Fulani herdsmen since President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the RUGA policy. According to the northern socio-cultural group, the decision of the government to suspend Ruga is a welcome…
Nigerians want Buhari to cancel, not suspend Ruga
Although President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday doused tension by suspending the plan to settle Fulani herdsmen, Nigerians want more to be done. They want Buhari to cancel Ruga in its entirety.
Why we back plan to settle Fulani herders, by governement, ACF
While the controversy rages over its plan to settle herders, the presidency has reeled off reasons why this move has become inevitable. The defence of the scheme, also referred to as Ruga, came from Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Ruga settlements undue favouritism for Fulani, says group
Center for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged (Centrep), has said that the federal government's Ruga settlements pilot programme could further escalate the already worsened herders and farmers’ crises across the federation. The rights group noted that building Ruga settlements or cattle ranches with state resources in the 36 states showed undue favouritism for the Fulani…
Hunger for beef offers rewards and risks for Nigeria's pastoralists
With over 200 million people and an emerging middle class, Nigeria is witnessing a boom in demand for meat that offers potential but also risks for the semi-nomadic herders who provide most of its beef.
Forces of history drive Nigeria's herder-farmer conflict
Beneath an escalating conflict between herders and farmers in central Nigeria lies a relentless but often under-reported force: history.
PANDEF rejects settlements for herdsmen in Niger Delta
The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), led by Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, yesterday warned that no part of land in the Niger Delta region would be available to the Federal Government to establish settlements for herdsmen. PANDEF, in a statement by its National Secretary, Dr. Alfred Mulade, said the plan by the Federal Government was…
Ortom: The man who stood for his people
He probably does not command much attention with his gait and bearing as a man from whose state largely emerged soldiers who majorly prosecuted the Nigerian Civil War and tilted the scale of battle in favour of what has remained Nigeria today. But if you mistook his slight bearing for a weakling, then you probably…
The Fulani: An AFP Special Investigation
They are one of the last great nomadic peoples of the planet, a community of some 35 million people scattered across 15 countries in West Africa, from the dusty Sahel down to the lush rainforests.
The long read: Nigeria's War of the Land
"Move! Move!" The herders cry, the packed crowd divides, and a vast column of cattle charges through the swirling dust, their long sharp horns swaying like a forest.