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SMBLF Faults PDP’s Wali Jubril’s Insensitive Advocacy For RUGA Imposition In Middle Belt, South

The Oasis Reporters

August 14, 2019

A Press statement by the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has frowned at the insensitivity and impunity of the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Wali Jubril in his declaration of support for the divisive policy of Ruga being pursued by the Buhari administration.

The statement goes on to say that the “ethnic domination programme” of the RUGA policy seeks to “create homelands for Fulani herdsmen all over Nigeria in spite of the terror non-Fulani communities have been subjected to even when these herders are nomads.
Southern and Middle Belt communities have rejected the internal colonialism agenda outrightly.
The PDP BOT chair has only confirmed our fears that this is an ethnic conquest policy that is at variance with nationhood when he said :

” I and my ethnic group (Fulani) had embraced the programme. Ruga project includes provision of hospitals, schools, water supply and electricity, among other facilities, which will have direct bearing on the lives of herders.
“Apart from that, it will also tackle the incessant farmers/herdsmen’ conflicts as well as boost food security in the country.”

“We say clearly to Jubril that his appeal to our zones to accept the obnoxious policy is rejected with no thanks .
He should join his fellow ethnic supremacists to pursue Ruga in the states in the North that have accepted Ruga and spare us his sophistry and non-sequitur .
Our opposition to the policy remains unwavering and Ruga will only be implemented in our communities after a military conquest of the entire South and Middle Belt as we have told Femi Adesina that we will keep our lands and lives against Ruga policy.

We are not members of the PDP, though we adopted Atiku as presidential candidate in the last election based on his promise to restructure Nigeria, but we call on all PDP Governors in our zones to ignore their BOT Chair who has spoken as a champion of his ethnic group but wearing the badge of their party.
We say NO to Ruga!”

Yinka Odumakin
South West

Prof Chigozie Ogbu
South East

Senator Bassey Henshaw
South South

Dr Isuwa Dogo
Middle Belt

Greg Abolo

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