Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has said that the North-west state has over 3,000 RUGA settlements, Concise News reports.
Bagudu, while speaking to State House Correspondents on Tuesday, said Ruga was neither a Fulani nor Hausa word.
The governor said: “It’s an acronym which means Rural Grazing Area, it is an acronym given to Nigeria by its colonialists.
“If you go to any state with significant Fulani population, the places where Fulani live are largely called Ruga. Like in Kebbi we have over 3000 RUGA settlement, they are very small settlements.
“I, as the state governor, I am doing the bit that I can to provide water, schools, veterinary services, primary healthcare in those settlements and the more you do that, the yield per animal increases, they live better lives and you have less conflict within the state.”
Bagudu faulted the claims that the federal government has requested states to provide land for Ruga settlements.
He also condemned the call for revolution by the global coalition for security and democracy in Nigeria, saying any call for disorder in a democratic setting is condemnable.
“I am not aware of it. The federal government requested states that have Fulani settlement like Kebbi to indicate how much support they want so that we can have more hospital, water, veterinary services, school in those places.
“This is because democracy, as the saying goes, is not the best form of government but it is the best that we have, because it gives opportunity periodically for the electorates to exercise their mandate in affirming or rejecting leaders,” he said.