The Members and Management of the Midwest Movement Edo/Delta group have appealed to the Federal government to cancel its plan of establishing settlements for Fulani herders in States across the country.
This is in reaction to the statement made by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Umar, that Federal Government within the next five years plans to establish these said Ruga settlements in states.
The statement released by the group on Wednesday read: “The attention of the Midwest Movement, the pan-Edo/Delta group of distinguished sons and daughters drawn from the Ethnic Nationalities of the old Midwestern Region, has been drawn to the renewed plot by the Federal Government to forcefully or tacitly annex swaths of lands belonging to various ethnic nationalities in States across Nigeria, in a bid to settle Fulani herders in colonies to be known as RUGA Settlements.
“The Midwest Movement totally and unequivocally rejects this brazen “21st century Colonization” in its entirety!
The group, however, noted that they are not against the federal government plan on the Ruga settlement, but urged the government to carry out such plan in area and land that are native of such group.
“We call on the Federal Government to immediately rescind its planned veiled colonization of our peoples while enjoining the Governments of our home-states of Edo and Delta reject same in clear and unequivocal terms,” the statement said.
“While not opposing the desire of the Federal Government to settle nomadic herdsmen (and any other such groups whatsoever), these should be done in areas and land that are native to such groups.
“We call on Mr President, the Governors of Edo and Delta States, our national legislators, our leaders, the international community and all persons of goodwill to help keep Nigerians and its indigenous peoples safe.”