President Muhammadu Buhari succumbed to pressure on Wednesday by suspending the controversial Ruga settlement scheme, designed to settle the Fulani and their cattle on acquired land across states in the federation, reports punch.ng.
Reportedly, The suspension was announced in Abuja after governors from the six geopolitical zones of the country met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
After the meeting, Governor of Ebonyi State who is the Chairman of the National Committee on Food Security/Herders/Farmers Conflicts, Mr Dave Umahi, disclosed the verdict of the meeting to journalist.
Mr Dave reveal that the controversial Ruga policy was not in agreement with the National Livestock Transformation Plan, earlier agreed upon and approved by the National Economic Council, a body chaired by the Vice President.
“We are aware today that Mr President has suspended the implementation of the Ruga programme, initiated and being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, he said.
He stated that because it is not consistent with the NEC and the federal Government-approved National Livestock Transformation plan, which has programmes of rehabilitation of internally displaced persons resulting from crises and also the development of ranches in any willing state of the federation, the scheme has been suspended.
He added: “The beauty of the National Livestock Transformation plan is that what NEC and the FG approved is a voluntary programme for all the 36 states that like to participate. So, it is not compulsory; it is for any state that is willing to key into the programme.”
In the past week, decision by the federal government to implement the Ruga project in 12 state of the federation had invoked a nationwide outcry.