By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari has called on politicians to desist from politicizing the issue of Ruga settlement policy, describing it as a well thought out policy of government towards solving the perennial herders/farmers crises.
Abari made the call while speaking at a stakeholders engagement on “Building a People of Peace: Focus on Gender Perspective”, organized by the Agency in Abuja.
The DG of NOA pointed out that the Ruga Settlement project is only for States where their governments willingly provide land for it, reassuring Nigerians that the project will not be implemented by compulsion as some have claimed.
Abari, in a press statement by Paul Odenyi, Head, Press Unit of the NOA, said politicians are deliberately propagating unsubstantiated information to stoke the flames of distrust and suspicion among Nigerians over the herders/farmers issue.
He therefore urged Nigerians to be vigilant to the antics of politicians and not be misled.
Abari also called on the media to be investigative and analytical about the issue so as to disseminate only correct information and not fan the embers of hate and disintegration.