RUGA SHOULD NOT OPERATE IN NON FULANI STATES – GANDUJE

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje , on Saturday said he was not happy with the manner in which Fulani are treated in the country .

He also said the Federal Government ’s Ruga programme shouldn ’t be implemented where indigenes are not Fulani.

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On the suspended Ruga programme, he said it should be optional for states.

Ganduje said the initiative should not have been made by the Federal Government , rather states interested in the economic relevance of Fulani herdsmen.

The governor spoke while addressing journalists in Sokoto after attending the wedding of the son of a former governor of Kano State , Senator Kabiru Gaya .

He said, “ I think the suspended programme was really misunderstood . Ruga is supposed to be for a state where Fulani reside; you cannot implement Ruga where the indigenes are not Fulani .

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“ The programme should be for those states that will cater for Fulani and the issue of herdsmen should be socio -economic in nature and not a socio -cultural.

“ That is why in Kano State, we decided to develop a grazing area in form of Ruga where Fulani herdsmen will all live in one place and can be monitored .

“ They will get other social services that are being provided for the people of Kano State, which include health , security and education.

Not only that , their businesses would be improved upon so that their cattle can produce more nutritious milk for the people.”

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Ganduje said there was no better way to resettle the Fulani herdsmen than practise Ruga system , instead of them migrating from one part of the country to another .

“ Otherwise, Fulani will be suffering and the security problems will continue . I am not happy with the manner in which they are being treated in the country .

“ At the same time , I am not happy with the way they behave too because of their lack of education, which is gradually graduating into banditry. ”

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