A coalition of Northern groups in Nigeria have delivered a 30-day ultimatum to different state governors of the federation who are against the RUGA settlement scheme, to reexamine their decisions right away.
Many state governors, especially in the South, have resisted strongly the establishing of RUGA settlements in their states.
In a press conference on Wednesday July 3rd, the spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, summoned on the Federal government to put an end to the ”raging madness” of some governors resisting the RUGA policy.
“While we warn all state governments that stand against the implementation of the RUGA Initiative to desist and give peace a chance, we place President Buhari and the Federal Government on notice that they must act to halt and completely stop this raging madness within 30-days beginning from today, Wednesday July 3rd. For the avoidance of doubt, we advice the Federal authorities and the Southern leaders to heed the 30 days notice, failing to, we will most definitely be left with no option than to consider resorting to our decisive next line of action’ he said.
He however refused to say what that next line of action would be if the states refused to comply with the ultimatum.
The Federal Government, yesterday, announced the suspension of the RUGA settlement programme. At a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Executive Committee (NEC) announced the suspension of the programme. The group said the decision was due to the fact that the plan follows a lack of consistency with the NEC and FG approved National Livestock Transformation Plan.