Ortom goes Biblical on RUGA … Commends FG for its suspension

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, whose state is the most embattled since the announcement of the RUGA policy, has described the suspension of the programme as “victory for all peace loving Nigerians.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the elated governor quoted from the Holy Bible, saying “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32) maintaining that truth has prevailed on the Ruga issue.
Ruga, a Hausa term that means cattle settlement, had been proposed to be built across the country by the Federal Government to curb herdsmen/farmers’ clash.
Governor Ortom stated that the rejection of Ruga was not personal but rather a struggle by the people against impunity and injustice.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for heeding the call of the people for the scrapping of the Ruga settlement patterns.
“The decision to suspend Ruga showed that President Buhari has heard the voices of majority of Nigeria’s  on the matter, he said.
He enjoined the Federal Government to take a step further to encourage pastoralists and other livestock owners to embrace ranching as the best model of animal husbandry.
Applause greeted the decision of the Federal Government to suspend the controversial programme, although a few persons who spoke to Christian Voice expressed reservation that the peogramme was only “suspended” but not cancelled outright.
Obike Chukwu, an Owerri-residence, urged President Buhari to go furthermore to assure the people that it would not be represented in another form.
He commended the President for listening to the numerous voices that saw the programme as a disturbance to the relative peace in the country.
Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, who is also the chairman of the commission on National Food Security/Herders/Farmers Conflict, told journalists that the programme was not consistent with the National Executive Council (NEC) and the Federal Government’s approved National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) which was to rehabilitate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to the herders/farmers crises.
He, however, said that willing states in the federation could come up with their unique plans to deal with the issue.