Ruga Ultimatum: Northern youth coalition to meet govs over

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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) have accepted to meet with governors of northern states to find solution to the conflict over grazing land in Nigeria.

The group, had on July 3rd issued a 30-day ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the Ruga policy across the country, but the Federal Government had suspended the program shortly after.

At the end a meeting on Thursday, leader of the CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, expressed concern that southern leaders had deliberately politicized and frustrated every initiative of the Federal Government at finding solution to the conflict over pasture for cattle.

The group faulted the eastern governors for choosing to select which Nigerians to be accepted in their states.

The CNG says they are genuine committed to safeguarding the well-being of northerners, and have appealed for decency and calm.

The statement read in part, “CNG notes the statesmanlike response by the new leadership of the Northern Governors Forum under Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State which acknowledged our genuine intentions of protecting the North and its interests as well as our commitment to peaceful national cohesion expressed in our calls for calm from the North to allow for decent and constructive engagement.”

“The CNG also notes the fatherly response of the Northern Elders Forum which also falls in tune with our

“CNG hereby accepts to honour the invitation for talks with the forum in the spirit of our culture of respect for the wisdom of elders. CNG notes also the mature and thoughtful response from the Arewa Consultative Forum which unequivocally said it shared our concerns.”




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