Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has weakened the claim by the Presidency that RUGA settlements, which was proposed by the Nigerian Government, is meant to settle farmer/herder conflicts across the country.
The Presidency had in a statement on Sunday signed by Garba Shehu, the Senior special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, claimed that the settlements were for animal herders who are not only Fulani.
The statement added that, “The presidency wishes to draw attention to recent unhelpful comments regarding the plan to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.
“Ruga Settlement’ that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vetinary clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.”
But Fani-Kayode responding via a tweet on his Twitter handle early hour of Monday morning, challenged the claim saying, “No it is not (to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers). It is an attempt to establish the total hegemony of the Fulani over our nation, to enslave and conquer the ethnic nationalities and indigenous people of Nigeria and to take away all our land.”
The development comes just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo alleged that there were plots to Islamise and Funalise Nigeria and West Africa in general.