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Presidency finally condemns northern group’s threat on Ruga settlement

Wale Akinola

July. 10, 2019

- Presidency has reacted to the threat by the coalition of northern groups over suspension of Ruga settlement
- The Ruga settlement which was initially proposed by the federal government was later suspended following the public outcry on the policy
- Presidential aide, Andrew Kwasari, said the government took the decision in the interest of Nigerians
Andrew Kwasari, the senior policy adviser on agriculture interventions coordination in the office of the vice president, has urged Nigerians to disregard the threat by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) over the suspension of Ruga settlement project by the federal government.
The training programme, which was jointly organised by the centre for humanitarian dialogue, had as its theme: “Dialogue and negotiations: Why, when and how to be effective.”
He, however, said the national livestock transformation plan has been enhanced by the president, adding that the country needs all-encompassing committee of the National Economic Council, National Food Security Council, and the Federal Executive Council working together to deliver the plan.
The spokesperson for CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, had told the state governors to accept the Ruga programme within 30 days to or face serious consequences.
He alleged that the conspiracy to weaken the north was perpetrated with the active connivance of some leaders from the region.
Speaking on the threat, Kwasari said a large section of the citizenry was in solidarity with Buhari over the suspension of Ruga policy.
He said he was sure that the security architecture of the country had taken a strong stance against hate speech and divisive rhetoric.
The country manager of CHD, Babatunde Afolabi, said the 18 MACBAN leaders were chosen from seven frontline states and Katsina state.
He said the training was informed by the need to build the capacity of the stakeholders that we consider to be pivotal in the peace process in Benue and Nasarawa states.
In his comments, the national secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, told journalists that training of the members is timely because peace building is essential.
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