Just In: Buhari bows to pressure, suspends Ruga settlement project

Barely 48 hours to the planned mass action and following public outcry against the RUGA Settlement Projects, President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have suspended the idea pending further notice.

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RUGA settlement scheme, according to presidency, was an idea designed to stem the tide of herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country.

But many states affected and members of the public had misconstrued it as another form of the proposed cattle colony by the federal government.

Some members of the public and civil society groups had also planned mass action in Abuja against the scheme, on Friday, 5th July, 2019.

But a source close to the presidency hinted newsmen on Wednesday, that President Buhari may have resolved to suspend the scheme till further consultations.

The source said, after consultations with stakeholders, Buhari has resolved to put away the idea for a thorough review and well-accepted approach to the menace constituted to national security by the constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

According to the source, the announcement would be made any moment from now with detailed explanations, going forward.

Details later…



  1. The only option is not to suspend RUGA but to cancel it entirely. Cattle rearing is a private business and should be treated as such. The herdsmen should buy the land or any facility they require for the success of their business. If RUGA is allowed, I foresee a situation whereby fishermen from Niger Delta will request for their own settlement areas in Northern or any other part of Nigeria where they will do their business and the Igbo traders will make their own request.

    The concern of FG should be to enhance the security apparatus of the nation and ensure that anybody no matter how highly or lowly placed that breaches the security of this nation is brought to book and not to dabble into providing settlement areas for private business men.

  2. My beloved PMB, it’s a wise decision to suspend the RUGA idea for now and allow for more enlightenment so more Nigerians can understand and appreciate what the programme is all about and what benefits,if any, to Nigeria as a country, are therein.

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