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PDP BOT chair Jibrin calls on Igbo, Yoruba, others to accept RUGA

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The Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, has called on the Southeast, South west, and other parts of the country to support President Muhammadu Buhari-led government Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) programme.

RUGA, which is a programme that seeks to establish a settlement area for herdsmen in the 36 states of the federation, has been fiercely rejected by the southern states and some middle belt states.

But Jibrin, who spoke to newsmen at his Nasarawa country home on Tuesday, said that the programme would promote peace and security in the country.

He said, “I am not in APC, I am a PDP chieftain. But when we talk of development and security, we should leave anything about politics, religion and tribe.

“Whoever is ruling in Nigeria, if he brings any programme that will do away with insecurity, killings and will take care of the welfare of the people, I will go by that. My politics is not do or die and I play politics without bitterness.

“That is why I am and we Fulani commend the Federal Government for introducing the RUGA project in the country.

“I and our tribe (Fulani) have embraced the programme. RUGA project includes the provision of hospitals, schools, water supply and electricity, among other facilities, which will have a direct bearing on the lives of the herders.

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“Apart from that, it will also tackle incessant farmers/herdsmen conflicts as well as boost food security in the country.

“About 12 states in the North have already embraced it and have already started the project including Nasarawa state.

“So, I am calling on the southerners, the Igbos, the Yorubas, among others, to embrace it, even though the project is not compulsory.”

Jibrin is the Sarkin (leader of) Fulani in Nasarawa state.

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