A chieftain of Accord Party in Abia State, Emeka Uwakolam, has alleged that a certain cartel in the All Progressives Congress, are pressuring President Muhammadu Buhari to reintroduce the suspended establishment of Ruga settlements for Fulani herdsmen.
Mr Uwakolam, who spoke with newsmen in Umuahia, insisted that the programme, if allowed to stand, would destroy Nigeria as a federation.
He said, “I found out President Buhari is a man being forced to establish Ruga Farm settlements in the sense that, there are cartels, whose agenda is yet to be identified in this country, that want to destroy this Nigeria.
“Come to South East zone, we don’t have that land for Ruga settlements. Government knows we don’t have that land.
“Why would they make it a national issue. Moreover, the security challenges in this country is worsening.
“So, there is no way the people will allow herdsmen to take away their lands. People say it’s an Islamization agenda, which is true, but we cannot fold our arms and watch the Ruga settlements to happen.
“The constitution guaranteed freedom of religion. And also, you look at Land Use Act, because, federal government cannot just come and take away a land in a particular territory. Nigeria is a federation for goodness sake.
“Secondly, if you look at the government proposed Ruga Settlements, you will find out that it is an ill-conceived and ill-moderated programme. The truth is that Nigerians are not foolish.”
Mr Uwakolam, who is a governorship candidate for the state in the last 2019 general elections, said they are aware of what they are intending to do, and it cannot happen.
He called on all governors from South east and South-South zones to stand their ground like Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.