President Muhammadu Buhari has just ordered the suspension of the controversial Ruga Settlement project, KikioTolu News can confirm.
The suspension follows the public protest and the apparent misunderstanding on Ruga Settlement Projects, an idea designed to contain the wave of clashes between shepherds and farmers across the country.
The new plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to build Ruga settlements in some states in Nigeria was met with stiff opposition and considerable outrage from the public.
The presidency released a statement on Sunday, June 30, 2019 to assure the public that constructing Ruga settlements will stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, had warned the Federal Government that its handling of Ruga herdsmen settlements could spark an explosion in the country.
“Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care. But why do we not take our policies from good models?
“This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle. I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cow walks up to the window of my house in Abeokuta, a house which is located in a residential area, then there’s a problem.
“When a cow goes to Ijebu Ode and eats up their seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet? People have been killed in hundreds just because of the failure of leadership at a critical time.
“And the cattle herders have been given a sense of impunity. They kill without any compunction, they drive away the farmers who have been contributing to the food solutions in the country, the cattle eat their crops and then you come up with Ruga.
“I think that there is going to be trouble in this country if this Ruga thing is not handled imaginatively and with humanity as priority. Any country where cattle take priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage.”
The president, after consultations with stakeholders, has resolved to put away the idea for a thorough review and well acceptable approach to the menace constituted to national security by the constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
A presidency source that hinted at this development, said the announcement would be made any moment from now with detailed explanations, going forward.