Revisiting RUGA will cause crisis ― Ebonyi Bishop
Anglican Bishop of Afikpo Diocese, Ebonyi State, Rt. Rev. Paul Udogu has warned the Federal Government not to revisit the suspended RUGA settlement for herdsmen.
Udogu who said President Muhammadu Buhari may still reverse the suspension, noted that establishing RUGA in the country would cause crisis, war and possibly cause disintegration of the country.
Delivering his address at Good Shepherd Anglican Church Ozizza Afikpo, Ebonyi State during the 1st session of the 5th synod of Afikpo Diocese, Udogu alleged that the president has been treating herdsmen and cows special in the country.
The Bishop further added that the Federal Government plan to establish Fulani herdsmen radio and the alleged gift of N100billion to Miyetti Allah gang gives the impression that the herdsmen and their cows are treated as first-class citizens.
He then condemned nefarious activities of armed herdsmen which he described as alarming and rising insecurity in the country and alleged that almost all the geopolitical zones of the country are under herdsmen siege.
He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise to the challenges before it becomes too late.
Udogu said “a few days ago, we heard that the Federal Government has suspended RUGA. We know that when you suspend something today, you can come back to it tomorrow but we want to say without mincing words; enough of that policy is enough. In this country, we don’t want it.
“Three days ago, a group of people in Northern Nigeria, issued 30-day ultimatum to the Federal Government for them to reverse back the RUGA programme. But we are trusting God that the Federal Government will think twice and save this country from disintegration, war, and crisis.
“The directive to all Nigerians to surrender their guns to the police whether legally or illegally acquired is ambiguous and suspicious. Nigerians expect our security agencies to first disarm the Fulani herdsmen who are moving around with AK47 and other deadly weapons before asking innocent citizens to surrender arms. We do not advocate for illegal acquisition of arms but all over the world, people have the right to self-defence in case of unprovoked attacks.
“The Federal Government plan to establish Fulani herdsmen radio and the alleged gift of N100billion to Miyetti Allah gang gives the impression that the Fulanis are considered and treated as a special class while others are second class citizens. One wonders why such radio station was not established for IPOB members or for Niger Delta militants.”
The Bishop called on the National Assembly to consider the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference and to revisit issues of restructuring the nation as a way of ensuring justice and equity to various zones in the country.
He explained that a determined, sincere, sensitive, focused and unbiased leadership will stop the problems confronting the nation.