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Soyinka speaks on Ruga settlements, warns FG

Nigerian Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has warned the federal government saying the planned Ruga settlements could cause an explosion in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of the United Nations Solutions 17 SDG programme in Lagos, Soyinka said that the project of the Federal Government was not the best approach to resolving the herders-farmers’ clashes.

He said: “Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care. But why do we not take our policies from good models?

“This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle. I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cow walks up to the window of my house in Abeokuta, a house which is located in a residential area, then there’s a problem.

“When a cow goes to Ijebu Ode and eats up their seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet? People have been killed in hundreds just because of the failure of leadership at a critical time.

“And the cattle herders have been given a sense of impunity. They kill without any compunction, they drive away the farmers who have been contributing to the food solutions in the country, the cattle eat their crops and then you come up with Ruga.

“I think that there is going to be trouble in this country if this Ruga thing is not handled imaginatively and with humanity as priority. Any country where cattle take priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage.”

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Muhammad A. Aliyu

Muhammad Ameer Aliyu, is a prolific journalist who joined Okay Nigeria in 2015 with the aim staying committed to bringing more positive growth to the digital news platform. He is the Senior editor at Okay Nigeria.

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