From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has corrected the misrepresentation of the concept of Rugga settlement of the Fulanis initiated by the Federal Government.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari said on Tuesday when the staff of the Channels Television paid him a courtesy visit in Birnin Kebbi, that the idea was not to acquire grazing reserve in whatever form for herders as being portrait by a section of the media.
The governor said in his position as the Vice Chairman of National Food Security Council the concept of Rugga settlement was aimed at settling Fulani nomads and other cattle rearers into a permanent abode to minimize migration from one place to another in a bid to eliminate conflicts between herdsmen and farmers.
Senator Abubakar Bagudu explained that Rugga settlement served as hamlet to the Fulanis for hundreds of years and did not constitute a new innovations aimed at bringing discord to other tribes in the country.
The Governor made it clear that, the main objectives of settling Fulani nomards in one place, apart from ending conflict with farmers was also to allow their livestock to produce adequate meat to satisfy the protein requirement of the country.
Senator Abubakar Bagudu therefore, debunk the falsehood that, the government intended to buy land to donate it’s to peculiar tribal group at the disadvantage of other ethnicity groups.
The Governor told his media guest that his administration had shown the way for agricultural revival in Nigeria, affirming that, the government would sustain support and encouragement to farmers to increase production of both food and cash crops.