Yoruba Group asks FG to abandon RUGA


The Yoruba Youths Forum (YYF) are calling on the Federal Government to completely abandoned the Ruga settlement programme.

They are warning governors of South-Western states against ceding Yoruba land to Fulani herdsmen.

The YYF said this in a statement on Tuesday, signed by its President, Abiodun Bolarinwa.

“We want to use this opportunity to warn any South-West governor or monarch against ceding any part of Yoruba land to herdsmen for Ruga settlement. The consequence for daring us will be dire,” he said.

Bolarinwa added that any governor in the South-West that gave out any land to Fulani herdsmen for settlement would be rejected by all the Yoruba people and dealt with seriously.

He also advised the South-West governors to come out in clear terms and speak with one voice on their opposition to any pro-Fulani policy in the geopolitical zone.

The YYF leader then urged traditional rulers in the South-West “to be alive to their responsibility and make sure that they protect their domain from Fulani herdsmen attack.”

Speaking on the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the group leader said the deceased’s “murder along the Benin-Ore Expressway shows that we are not safe in the South-West geopolitical zone again.”

Bolarinwa said, “We sympathise with our foremost leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over the death of his daughter, Funke Olakunrin. Her death is indeed shocking and sad. It has also strengthened our position that Nigeria is in a precarious security situation.

“The Federal Government should act fast. We pray that God will grant the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”


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