The people of Benue state, yesterday, matched out in unity to protest against the move by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, to establish Ruga settlements in certain Local Government Areas of the state.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture had approached the state on its intention to establish Ruga settlements for Fulanis in Benue.
In a swift reply, the Benue state government rejected the plan and also warned against acts that would move against the anti-grazing laws of the state.
However, three main socio-cultural organisations of Benue State yesterday vowed to resist the Federal Government’s attempt to construct a settlement known as ‘Ruga’ for Fulani herders in three Local Government Areas of the state.
In a statement by the leaders of the three ethnic bodies made up of Mdzough Tiv’s, Ochetoha K’Idoma, and Ominy’Igede’s, the people of Benue accused the federal government of an attempt to deprive the indigenes of their land which is their main source of livelihood.
The statement said: “The people of Benue state will resist the construction of Ruga settlements even if it means extermination of our race.
“We are in no doubt that General Muhammadu Buhari as a person hates Benue state indigenes to a fault.
“Since the coming into rulership federal government has not undertaken any major project in Benue state apart from trying to grab our land for construction of Ruga settlements which may be a proposal of the Miyetti Allah. Let it be known that the common man in Benue state will use all constitutional means to resist the illegal occupation of our land.”
The statement was signed by President-General of Mdzough Tiv’s, Engr Edward Ujege, President General of the Ochetoha K’Idoma people,
Barr Amali Adoya Amali, and President-General of Ominy’Igede’s, Comrade Ben Okpa.
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