Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reaffirmed his call to restrict Fulani herders to the Northern part of the country.
Ganduje in his recent statement noted that the controversial Nigerian Government proposed Ruga settlement project should not be implemented where there are no indigenous Fulani.
“I think the suspended programme was really misunderstood. Ruga is supposed to be for a state where Fulani reside; you cannot implement Ruga where the indigenes are not Fulani,” Ganduje said while speaking to journalists at the wedding of a son of former Kano Governor, Senator Kabiru Gaya, in Sokoto State.
Naija Buzz News had few weeks ago reported how Governor Ganduje advised President Muhammadu Buhari to abolish Fulani herdsmen movement from the north to the south.
The Governor, who expressed sadness over how Fulani were being treated in the country especially by the people in the south, said that the Ruga project should only be optional for states interested in the economic relevance of Fulani herdsmen.
He also noted that he was not happy with how the Fulani herders behave too. According to him, their lack of education has gradually turned into banditry.
Governor Ganjude added that the establishment of Ruga would stop the migration of Fulani herders from the north to the southern parts of the nation.
The proposed Ruga Settlement project had been rejected strongly by leaders in the south. The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, had openly criticized the idea. Also, all the state governors in the south have openly rejected the idea. The rejection consequently forced the Federal Government to suspend the idea. We reported everything you need to know about the controversial Ruga project.
Read the Kano Governor’s statement in part below;
“The programme should be for those states that will cater for Fulani and the issue of herdsmen should be socio-economic in nature and not a socio-cultural.
“That is why in Kano State, we decided to develop a grazing area in form of Ruga where Fulani herdsmen will all live in one place and can be monitored.
“They will get other social services that are being provided for the people of Kano State, which include health, security and education. Not only that, their businesses would be improved upon so that their cattle can produce more nutritious milk for the people.”
“Otherwise, Fulani will be suffering and the security problems will continue. I am not happy with the manner in which they are being treated in the country.
“At the same time, I am not happy with the way they behave too because of their lack of education, which is gradually graduating into banditry.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.