The federal government has stirred up a hornet’s nest on social media after saying it has started establishing (Ruga) settlements for herdsmen across the nation.
The “Ruga settlement” idea is an initiative of the national economic council (NEC) presented under the national livestock transformation plan (2018-2027). It is aimed to address the incessant clashes between cattle rearers and farmers.
The model is said to be a component part of livestock development where states across the country give out lands which will serve as settlement for herdsmen.
Following the announcement of “Ruga settlement” on Tuesday, there have been a plethora of negative feedbacks from Nigerians.
Samuel Ortom, Benue governor is among the state executives in the south-east region to have rejected the cattle ranching initiative by the federal government.
Some Nigerians have also taken to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to register their annoyance on “Ruga settlement” and brandish it a move in the agenda to “Fulanize” the country.
“They want Ruga settlements for the Fulani and their cows? Is cattle business govt. business? They have taken everything from us: our nation,our dignity,our identity,our future,our destiny,our lives,our faith,our hope.And now they want to take away our land!,” said Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation.
“I don’t get this Fulani Herdsmen Ruga BS at all. The North covers over 70% of the Nigeria Landmass. Sambisa Forest is a forest for a reason. Battle Terrorism & graze peacefully there. Why will you have 70% & still demand share from 30%? it’s either greediness or plain agenda,” a Twitter user said.
“If what I have read about RUGA settlement programme is true then anyone who thinks that Fulanization of Nigeria is not real is in for a rude shock. There must not be one single RUGA settlement in the South East. Fulanis don’t settle. They conquer their host,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say: