A civil society organization known as Taraba volunteer Group on Thursday commended President Muhamadu Buhari for listening to the voice of reason and suspending the proposed RUGA settlements for cattle rearers.
This is contained in a press statement signed by the group Coordinator, Mr Joseph Terence and Legal Adviser Mr Nierus Johnson in Jalingo.
“We wish to commend President Buhari and the Federal Government for listening to the voice of reason and suspending the proposed RUGA settlements for cattle rearers.
“We call on the federal government to focus on polices that are geared towards treating everyone as equal citizens of Nigeria in order to deepen democracy and foster development,” it stated.
The group said the just suspended RUGA settlement project was clearly against the import and provisions of section 42 (1) b of the 1999 constitution as amended which provides for equal treatment of all communities and citizens.
It called on the federal government to redouble its efforts in alleviating the sufferings of millions of Nigerians in IDP camps as a result of killer herdsmen attacks across the country.
“We also urged the Federal government to rather than spend huge sums of money to benefit only a particular community in the name of RUGA settlement, such funds should be used in alleviating the sufferings of millions of Nigerians in IDP camps as victims of killer herdsmen attacks,” it added.
The group also urged the federal government to support the Taraba State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, describing it as robust and the best approach towards enduring peace between herdsmen and crop farmers.