Social commentator, Ademola Adigun says the controversial President Buhari administration led Ruga settlement is is anchored on corruption.
Adigun said this in a post on his official Facebook page, stating that the scheme was designed to steal funds.
He said, “The whole RUGA process is anchored on corruption. It is not designed to solve a problem. It is designed to steal funds.”
“Let us start with some fundamentals. Cow herding is a business. The second is that there are genuine herdsmen that need spaces to graze. The third is that we have always had herdsmen around us. The fourth is that it is wrong to associate criminality and violence with a business or a tribe.”
“What is the problem the Govt is trying to solve? The genuine herdsman has three problems: citizenship definition, poverty and access to basics and cow rustlers.”
“The solution should start from citizenship. Because of the nomadic nature of the tribe, we must separate chaff from wheat. Which are Nigerians and which are not? Our resources must be used to cater for Nigerians.”
“The second point is herd numbers. It can’t be an impossibility to brand, track and collate the number of cattle heads in Nigeria. Solving that problem starts the solution of fighting cattle rustling. It reduces the ability to sell cattle without “provenance”. It helps planning and subsidies that all farmers should get.”
“Once you have ownership stats and numbers, you can encourage them to form cooperatives. Many non Fulani own cows and employ herdsmen. So we must know the employers in order to force a code of conduct and resolve disputes properly.”
“The current arrangements and manner it is approached will create more strife. Subsidise cooperatives, the same way fishing, plans and others are done. Let the cooperatives purchase land as a business. Let them know whom is in their employ so we can tackle criminals and infiltrators.”
“Some people want to steal money not solve a problem. That’s the truth as I perceive it!”