Following the suspension of the RUGA settlement project by the Federal Government, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has called for national summit for stakeholders to discuss grey areas in the scheme.
FG had on Tuesday announced that it has stepped down its plan on the proposed Ruga settlements. Many Nigerians had criticized the scheme, seeing it as an agenda to spread herdsmen across the country for ulterior motives.
General Secretary of PFN, Nuhu Kure, during a courtesy call on the National Vice President of the association, Bishop Wale Oke, on Thursday, made the call for the national summit.
Kure noted that the Federal Government ought to consult widely before unveiling such a scheme.
“The Federal Government should rather organise a national summit in the mold of a confab where stakeholders would converge and have the opportunity to iron out grey areas,” he said.
He also urged the Federal Government to tackle the farmers/herders crisis with tactical diplomacy in a way that would promote national unity.
“We appeal to President Buhari to urgently find means to resolve this situation with fairness and equity in order to prevent a Nigeria that degenerates into a state of anarchy where pervasive lawlessness is the order of the day,” he said.
The clergyman also appealed to the Kaduna State Government to suspend policies he described as controversial and intolerant.
“The governor should thread the path of reasoning in order not to cause disunity among Nigerians,” he said.
In his remarks, Oke said that the situation of the country was not beyond redemption, calling for sincerity and commitment on the part of the people and the government.
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