- Aare Gani Adams has reacted to the planned Ruga settlement by the federal government
- Adams said that Yoruba leaders would not allow Ruga settlement in the southwest
- The Yoruba warlord, however, advised President Buhari to focus on restructuring instead of Ruga settlement
The Aare Ona-kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, has said that the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) policy of the federal government would not address the insecurity challenges currently facing the country.
Speaking with Lagit.ng's regional reporter, Subair Mohammed, in Lagos, Adams said the only solution to Nigeria’s security challenges lies in restructuring of the country.
He said the country’s numerous challenges could be resolved within four years if the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration agrees to restructuring.
Adams, however, cautioned Nigerians to avoid what could turn the country into war, adding that everybody suffers where there is war or civil unrest.
“It is not in the world’s interest for Nigeria to go to war. Africa and the world at large will be affected. With a population of over 200 million, every part of the world will feel the disintegration and the damaging impact of it in Nigeria.
“Rather, what we seek is for the world to prevail on Nigeria’s government to restructure. Most of our problems will be solved in four years once restructuring takes place. Our system is going to be in a state of collapse with the increasing spate of kidnapping, ethnic clashes and other insecurity in the last four years," Adams said.
The Yoruba warlord, however, said that things might get worse if the president fails to restructure the country as being canvassed by notable Nigerians.
He stressed that the only way to avoid disintegration of the country is to accept the report of the constitutional conference of 2014 or revert to the 1963 Constitution.
"As it now, no zone is peaceful anymore. Even in Katsina, the president’s state, two traditional rulers were kidnapped without trace till today,” he added.
Commenting on Ruga settlement policy for the herdsmen, Adams said the planned settlement would trigger more problems than envisaged.
“It is not capable of resolving the crisis at hand. It is imperative to learn from the lessons from Ilorin and Lokoja in the past when the Fulanis came to require for land for their cattle. But what did they do afterward; they gradually took over the place.
"The same happened in Plateau and the southern Kaduna. The history and antecedents of the Fulanis do not make it possible for any sane Yoruba man to accept Ruga," he said.
The Aare Ona-kakanfo emphasised that the Yoruba leaders would not support any grazing settlement in Yoruba land based on their past experience.
"Many Nigerians are hungry and others are still finding it difficult to fund their businesses and what the government is spending huge amount of money on is grazing settlement for some herdsmen. This is not right. We don’t support grazing settlement in Yoruba land.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, made clarifications on the controversy surrounding the implementation of the Ruga settlements in the country.
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