Concise News reports that the governor made this known in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase on Wednesday.
The Governor states that the rejection of the Ruga settlement model was not personal but rather a struggle by the people of the country against impunity and injustice.
Governor Ortom commends President Muhammadu Buhari for heeding the call of the people for the suspension of the Ruga settlement patterns.
He says the decision to suspend the Ruga programme shows that President Buhari “has heard the voices of the majority of Nigerians on the matter.”
He states that truth has prevailed on the Ruga issue, citing the Bible book of John 8: 32 which says, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
Governor Ortom, therefore, urges the Federal Government to take a step further to encourage pastoralists and other livestock owners to embrace ranching as the best model of animal husbandry.
Meanwhile, Nigerians are reacting to the news of the Ruga implementation suspension. See some reactions below:
Nigerians won all the advocacies this week.
Biodun Fatoyinbo – Stepped Down
Senator Abbo- Under investigation
Buhari Ruga- Suspended
This is how office of the citizen works. If we keep quite, they will do nothing.
— Boladale Adekoya (@Adekoyabee) July 3, 2019
RUGA is DEAD!
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) July 3, 2019
Thank you Nigerians for speaking up.
FG suspends RUGA. We will meet to re-strategize on this & inform you if there will still be a rally on Friday or not. #NoToRUGA
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) July 3, 2019
We do not want you to suspend RUGA, we want you to CANCEL it! Suspension means you are postponing the evil day, cancel means it is NEVER coming back. If you want peace in this country RUGA must be CANCELLED and you must also CANCEL your Fulanisation and Islamisation policy.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 3, 2019