President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Ruga Settlements Project with immediate effect, it has emerged.
The move follows public outcry from concerned Nigerians and the seeming misconception about the Ruga Settlement Projects. A Presidency source said that the President, after consultations with stakeholders suspended the idea pending further notice.
The Presidency is said to have 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. The official announcement is expected to be made later today.
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Since its announcement, Many state Governments, including Benue State and several notable Southern and Middle Belt socio-political groups have completely condemned the plan and called for it to be scrapped. Many Nigerians including renown nobel laureate Wole Soyinka also kicked against the initiative.
Some have even alleged that RUGA is confirmation of the president’s alleged plan to Islamise the country. The allegation has been dismissed by the Federal Government.
Others opine that the RUGA settlement is an attempt by the FG to take people’s ancestral lands and hand them over to the nomadic Fulani tribe who will in turn move in in droves and claim the lands forever. The Federal Government also refuted these claims, insisting that it believes states will benefit from the establishment.