A group known as the Midwest Movement of Edo and Delta States has rejected the plan by the Federal Government to settle Fulani herders in colonies to be known as RUGA Settlements across the Country.
The group in a statement issued on Wednesday recalled that the permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Umar had on Tuesday reiterated the plan in Abuja.
The movement noted that the Federal Government within the next five years plans to establish the said RUGA settlements in states across the country.
The Movement said the planned aggregation of the landsof the 12 ethnic nationalities of the Midwest Region of Nigeria was without recourse to consultations with the traditional and bonafide owners.
The Movement while rejecting the plan decribed it as akin to an invasion.
It urged the FG to immediately rescind it’s decision just as the Movement urged the Edo and Delta State Governments too reject the plan.
Part if the statement read, “The Midwest Movement totally and unequivocally rejects this brazen “21st century Colonization” in its entirety!
“We call on the Federal Government to immediately rescind its planned veiled colonization of our peoples, while enjoining the Governments of our home-states of Edo and Delta reject same in clear and unequivocal terms.
“While not opposing the desire of the Federal Government to settle nomadic herdsmen (and any other such groups whatsoever), these should be done in areas and land that are native to such groups.
“The planned aggregation in whatever guise, of the lands of the 12 ethnic nationalities of the Midwest Region of Nigeria, without recourse to consultations with the traditional and bonafide owners, is akin to an invasion.
“As peace-loving people, and firm believers in a One Nigeria where peace, justice and equity reigns, the Midwest/Bendel peoples of Delta and Edo States firmly advice the Federal Government against the perpetuation of any policy that may impact negatively on the seeming already strained unity of the Nigerian federation.
“We call on Mr. President, the Governors of Edo and Delta States, our national legislators,our leaders, the international community and all persons of goodwill to help keep Nigerians and its indigenous peoples safe.”