Desperate attempts to force ruga settlements on Nigerians – SNSF
A group, Southern Nigeria Frontier (SNSF), has expressed concern about the federal government’s decision to reclaim 368 grazing reserves across 25 federal states, citing the move as yet another in a series of desperate attempts by the regime to enforce it the infamous ruga settlement system for Fulani shepherds across the country.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Public Relations (SSA), Mallam Garba Shehu, announced in a statement that the federal government had decided to regain 368 grazing reserves across 25 federal states.
The SNSF took this position in a statement by its spokesman, Comrade Olufemi Lawson, and wondered how and when the federal government announced the states in the 25 states mentioned, since the group of powers of the constitution of the Federal Republic of 1999 is very different was safe from Nigeria, as amended, to the governors of the various states, as far as the administration of the lands in their territories was concerned.
“Southern Nigeria Frontier (SNSF) is concerned about a statement by the presidency by the usual Mallam Garuba Shehu on the federal government’s decision to retrieve 368 pasture reserves spread across 25 states.
“We consider this statement by President Muhammadu Buhari by Mr. Sheu to be another in a series of desperate attempts by the regime to enforce the infamous ruga settlement system for Fulani shepherds across the country.
“Although we steadfastly believe that there is no grazing reserve in the seventeen southern states of Nigeria under the control of the federal government, it is imperative to ask the federal government again how and when it announced the country in the above 25 states, because we are very sure of the powers that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, gives to the governors of the various states in relation to the administration of the country in their territory, ”said the SNSF.
The group rejected the decision, arguing that, in addition to a brief statement from the President, it was imperative that President Muhammadu Buhari and the activists of the government make the Gazette number and its contents available to the Nigerian public.
The SNSF said it was forced to ask in what capacity and with what authority Prof.
According to the group, the presidency’s recent move to hijack state land to graze reservations indicates a dangerous attempt to use federal power to harass the federating units, a desperate attempt to divert the interests of an ethnic group against those of over 350 other ethnic nationalities across Nigeria calling on President Buhari to deal carefully with this very sensitive issue of pasture routes and pasture reserves and not to play games with the lives of Nigerians by making such a decision.
“The president must once and for all stop being viewed as an allusion to the shepherds’ attitude to turning the whole country into a huge colony of cattle.
“We also call on the governors of southern Nigeria to categorically tell Nigerians which parts of their states fall under these pasture reserves published by Professor Gambari, as this latest move by the federal government shows that we are dealing with a unfolding tragedy,” said the SNSF .
It also urged Nigerians to oppose this attempt by the federal government to force violent shepherds into harmless communities on behalf of pasture reserves, although the group also urged the federal government to instead take a look at the 2014 National Conference position which recommended that Nigeria should embrace livestock as a way out of the pastoral crisis.
“Let President Buhari know clearly that our people in southern Nigeria will not accept their land being turned into pastures at any cost.
“The nation faces a more serious question of national urgency than this desperate search for RUGA by the federal government,” the group stated.
As agreed by the Southern Governors Forum (SGF), the SNSF therefore called on the states of southern Nigeria that have not yet enacted the ban on open grazing in their states to do so immediately.
“Finally, as agreed by the Southern Governors Forum, we urge the states of southern Nigeria that have not yet enacted the ban on open grazing in their states to do so immediately.
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