Ohanaeze, Afenifere fault PDP BoT chairman's stance on RUGA

Ohanaeze, Afenifere fault PDP BoT chairman's stance on RUGA

- PDP BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin recently expressed support for the controversial RUGA initiative

- According to him, the proposed settlement policy for herdsmen would promote peace and security in the country

- Socio-cultural groups, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere, have disagreed with the PDP chieftain's stance

The apex socio-cultural organization of Ndigbo, Ohanaeze and foremost Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, have faulted the recent comments of Alhaji Walid Jibrin supporting the suspended Ruga settlement policy of the federal government.

The chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had urged Nigerians to embrace the establishment of Ruga programme.

Jibrin told journalists at his country home in Nasarawa state, on Tuesday, August 13, that the proposed settlement policy for herdsmen would promote peace and security in the country.

He also explained that the programme would boost food security and improve the health and standard of living in rural communities.

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Reacting to the Jibrin's comments, Ohanaeze national publicity secretary, Uche Achi-Okpaga, said the Sambisa forest is enough to accommodate the whole cows in Nigeria.

Achi-Okpaga said Ohanaeze has never said the Ruga programme is not good but that the south-east has no space to implement such a policy.

“If they can pipe oil from the south to the north, they can as well pipe water from the south to the north,” he stated.

Also reacting, the national publicity secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, described the policy as an ethnic colonialist agenda and argued that anybody who subscribed to it did not care about loyalty to party.

His words: “It is very clear that the PDP, APC or whatever nomenclature you call it does not mean anything to the ethnic agenda. So, it is not a matter of the PDP or APC. It is an internal colonialist agenda and anybody that subscribes to that agenda based on ethnic affiliation does not care about his party.

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“What the PDP BOT chair has shown is that when it is between his ethnic affiliation, the party and the nation, he will take sides with his ethnic region.”

Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin (leader) of Fulani in Nasarawa state.

Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has said his administration will not avail the federal government land for the contentious Ruga settlement in Edo state.

The governor made this known while giving a lecture on the topic “Challenges of Pastoralism and International Migration for Sustainable Peace and Development: Edo State Experience.”

He said the narrative that the pastoral movement and farmer/headers clashes are not related to the security challenges in Nigeria is not true.

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