- The presidency has described as false, a report claiming that the controversial RUGA programme had been inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Adamawa
- Sahara Reporters claimed the VP inaugurated the programme amidst protest by indigenous people
- The VP’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, however, stated that the National Livestock Transformation Plan, which was actually launched, had been developed by 36 state governors, even before RUGA
The presidency has described as false, a report claiming that the controversial RUGA programme had been inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Adamawa.
A report in Sahara Reporters had claimed that the vice president had inaugurated the programme, amidst protest by indigenous people.
The 'protesters', under the platform of Numan Federation, were said to have almost disrupted the ceremony, if not for the intervention of security operatives.
According to the publication, the vice president and the Adamawa governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, both denied that what was launched – the National Livestock Transformation Plan – had anything to do with RUGA.
However, the vice president’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a tweet posted on his Twitter handle, @akandeoj, debunked the report.
Akande pointed out that the National Livestock Transformation Plan had been developed by 36 state governors, even before RUGA.
He said the placards seen were actually carried by beneficiaries who were extolling stationary cattle .
As he tweeted:
This development comes following a previous report in Legit.ng that Abdullahi Badejo, the national president of the Miyetti Allah group, urged every state in Nigeria to offer space for RUGA and allow herdsmen to settle in.
Badejo said the Fulani ethnic group was the largest in the country and deserved to be allowed into any state.
He said: “They are so many, that three states cannot accommodate them. Let every governor; both in the north and the south carve out an area for the Fulani in their respective states.”
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