The National Secretary-General of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Othman Baba Ngelzarma said his association was reserving it comments on the suspension of the Ruga settlement policy by the Federal Government.
Othman Ngelzarma told our correspondent in a telephone interview that his association will have to review its position on the decision taken by the government before speaking on it.
He said: “I cannot give you and comment now on the decision concerning the suspension of the Ruga programme by the Federal Government because I don’t have any details yet. “Apart from that we have to meet as an association and study the decision and review it properly before we will issue a statement to the consumption of the general public.
“I cannot say anything for now but maybe the decision of the Federal Government is as a result of complains from different parts of the country. I don’t know yet because the details are still scanty to me and our association to take a stand on the issue as it has turned out.”
The MACBAN spokesman had in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, before the announcement of the suspension, said the policy was misunderstood by those calling for its suspension. Ngelzarma, who led the local chapter on a visit to Governor Mai Mala Buni, also explained that the programme was not meant to be forced on any state.
Reacting to Prof Wole Soyinka’s comment that the policy could set Nigeria on fire, Ngelzarma argued that the programmed was designed to end farmers’/ herders’ conflicts.
In Osogbo, the Chief Whip of the Osun State House of Assembly, Tunde Olatunji, hailed the step taken by the President, describing it as confirmation that the “All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government is responsive, responsible and accountable to Nigerians”.
The lawmakers advocated for a more patriotic and pragmatic measures towards resolving the challenges of the farmers/ herdsmen clashes.