Ruga settlement: We want Sambisa forest – Fulani herdsmen
National President of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore socio-cultural organization, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, say that the Fulani herders can move to Sambisa forest.
He, however, insisted that all facilities must be made available for carrying out their cattle business.
Bodejo also said that they never asked for Ruga settlement, adding that the Fulani already have their Ruga.
“Whether Sambisa or anywhere, the Fulani can stay. The Fulani people do not fear Sambisa or any forest,” he told Sun.
“The Fulani are ready to stay anywhere there is bush but number one is that there must be water which their cows can drink and there must be grasses for their cows to eat.
‘If Sambisa has all those facilities, you do not need to introduce it to the Fulani; they would go there and herd their cows.
“If you see any place where the Fulani do not go to, it is because such a place does not have water and grasses for the grazing of their cows.”
In addition, he argued that it was the Fulani herdsmen who are responsible for fertilizing Igbo lands.
“All the places like Enugu, Benue and Taraba, if Fulani don’t go there to fertilize their land, nobody will go there to farm.
“The Fulani have settled in many places including the Federal Capital Territory before the farmers came there. So, if the Federal Government could introduce the Fulani to the Sambisa forest, we are ready to go there. I will be the number one person who will go there.
“Nobody requested for Ruga settlement in the first place. The Fulani already have their Ruga. What is the meaning of Ruga?
“Is it not a place where you have the Fulani houses? So, we already have Ruga but I do not know why all the confusion about all the issues concerning the Fulani in this country.
“This is because we have grazing reserve areas and people are not talking about it.
“They initially talked about the cattle colony and from there, they now started talking about Ruga.
“They said they wanted to settle the Fulani in one place but did anybody tell them what they wanted to do? Nobody had any meeting with them on the issue of Ruga but I noticed that there are now desperate people who claim to be Fulani leaders by all means.
“You can imagine, for instance, a Fulani man who has about 300 cows and nobody told him that they want to settle him in one place and suddenly, you started hearing about Ruga on the TV, radio and social media