No Southeast Gov Has Allocated Land For RUGA
- Southern CAN Warns Southerners to Stay Vigilant Over Ruga Programme.
The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has debunked an allegation that some governors of the South-east geo-political zone have secretly allocated lands to herders for RUGA settlement, stressing that none of the governors donated land for the scheme.
This is coming as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide yesterday warned that the reaction by the Coalition of Northern youths over the suspension of Ruga settlement by the federal government was an invitation to war on the Southerners.
Chukwuma made the clarification during his sermon at the 85th Birthday/Thanksgiving Service for Dame Beatrice Ekwueme, wife of the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
He further disclosed that he is always in touch with his host governor in Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and urged the people not to misinterpret or misunderstand his efforts at maintaining peace in the state.
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“I am always in touch with my governor here. People should not misinterpret him. People should not misunderstand him. All what he is looking for is peace in Enugu State.
“No governor in the south east has agreed with me that there will be any land for RUGA settlement, let me clear this”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide yesterday warned that the reaction by the Coalition of Northern youths over the suspension of Ruga settlement by the federal government was an invitation to war on the southerners.
The group also condemned the 30-day ultimatum given to the federal government and the governors to implement the suspended RUGA settlement policy.
In a statement issued by the President General of the group, Mr. Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group accused the northern youths of promoting hate speech banned by the federal government through the ultimatum and called on the government to call them to order.
The youths commended the federal government for suspending the RUGA settlement programme and urged the Northern youths to obey the suspension and stop issuing threat over it.
The group urged the Coalition of Northern groups to direct northern governors to opt for the second option of ranching through this peaceful National Livestock Transformation Programme rather than Ruga settlement, which was clearly rejected by the Southern Nigeria especially the South-east and South-south governors and their people.
The group also warned that the youths of South-east and South-south are not ready to stomach the threat of genocidal ethnic cleansing against the Igbos in the north.
It called on Ndigbo to be vigilant and defend themselves in the north, and relocate immediately their business headquarters to the east.
Southern CAN Warns Southerners to Stay Vigilant Over Ruga Programme
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Southern Nigeria yesterday, cautioned the people of the area to remain cautious even with the suspension of the controversial Ruga settlement for Fulani herdsmen.
The warning was contained in a press statement issued by Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, Secretary of CAN, in the 17 Southern States.
Ajujungwa, who said the suspension of the programme by President Muhammadu Buhari may not be its end, said there was every indication “though it is claimed that it has been suspended, the underground work is still going on.”
He called on every southerner “to be watchful,” stressing that “even as we pray, we don’t need to keep quiet; they are experts in underground work.”
He added that “we do not have land to give to anybody as a grazing field or colony and we call on the South-east governors to maintain their stand that they do not have such a place.
“As CAN, we will preach it from our pulpit, every Imam should also preach peach from the mosque and the traditionalists should stand against it; nobody should relent; no land should be given; any traditional ruler that does that should be dethroned.
“In the north, we have largest hectares of land, very vast that nobody is occupying.”
“Why are they not building the ranches, Ruga of whatever there? They can come here, take grass and go, and we buy cow in exchange, just like the governors said. We do not have such mass land required.”
“We are also calling on the federal government to be mindful of what they are doing because cattle rearing is a private farming business. Why should the government support individual cattle farmers against other farmers?”
On the threat and ultimatum issued by a coalition of Northern Youths, Ajujungwa said “they should understand that nobody has the monopoly of violence. As they are planning to attack, others are planning to defend themselves and we cannot run away for them.
“CAN is calling on all Christians, all law-abiding citizens of the Southern Nigeria to please watch and pray. Watch means that you must open your eyes to see what is going on and therefore pray; do not relent.