Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has expressed reservation over the suspension of the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) settlement plan by the Federal Government, saying his state would go ahead with the implementation of the scheme.
Concise News reports that the governor stated this after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.
Buhari had on Wednesday suspended the`Ruga Settlement’ Programme initiated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in preference for the National Economic Council’s National Livestock Transformation Plan.
Yahaya, who spoke in Hausa language says, “President Buhari’s intention on the Ruga settlement scheme is laudable and the people of Gombe, who are predominantly Fulanis will definitely key into it.
“As I speak to you now, Gombe state government has set aside over 200,000 hectares of land for the implementation of the Ruga Settlement scheme in the state.
“So, because some states rejected the scheme doesn’t mean that Gombe state will not go ahead to implement it.
“Till now, I don’t want to believe that the pilot scheme has been suspended. We are going to continue with it because to us it’s a very good initiative in view of the hardship our people are now facing.
“We need to find a lasting solution to their predicaments so as to save their lives because they are Nigerians too,” NAN quotes Governor Inuwa as saying.
See some reactions to the suspension of RUGA plan below:
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
RUGA settlements were good when Atiku proposed them.
They’re bad now, cos Buhari is proposing them.
Some of you are mad and you need to know. pic.twitter.com/kO6Ce8OOkQ
— David Atta (@the_davidatta) July 3, 2019
As Jubril/the Cabal bows to pressure and SUSPEND implementation of their #RUGA, let me salute #IPOB worldwide which took a principled stand and fired the FIRST salvo against this evident Fulanization agenda. Better yet, RUGA or not, a #referendum on Biafra restoration is NEXT.
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) July 3, 2019