GTB 737 banner
RUGA: My Position Same As PDP Governors’, Atiku Replies Fani-Kayode

By GRANDNEWS on 06/07/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 460


By George Etakibuebu

Presidential Candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji  Atiku Abubakar (GCON), late Friday night broke his silence on the suspended controversial RUGA initiative by the Federal Government for Fulani Herdsmen in the country, saying his position remains exactly what all the governors elected on the platform of the PDP have articulated.

Atiku, in a response to the challenge thrown at him by former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani Kayode, stated on his verified Twitter handle @atiku that “My position on RUGA is the same as articulated by the Governors elected under the banner of my party, the PDP. My position has been well iterated by our Governors and the PDP is one. I will not dignify that threat with a response. There is no North or South. There is just Nigeria”, he wrote.

The former Aviation Minister had taken Atiku to task on Friday, challenging him to speak up on the RUGA initiative and what he thinks about the threat by a Coalition of Northern Groups who gave President Muhammadu Buhari and all governors a 30 day ultimatum to implement the RUGA initiative for Fulani Herdsmen or face consequences they didn’t specifically mention.

Fani-Kayode, writing on the twitter handle @realFFK, had said

“I have 3 questions for @atiku, the man who I believe won the 2019 presidential election. 1. What is your position on RUGA?  2. Why have you not said a word about it? 3. What is your position on the threat and 30 day-ultimatum made by Arewa youths against southerners?”

Fani-Kayode, on getting a response barely two hours after, lauded Atiku’s “prompt response” but drew his attention to a regional divide within the PDP Governors on the issue.

He wrote: “Thanks for ur prompt response to my question. The problem is that there is a division of opinion on regional lines within the PDP Governors on this. Some Northern Governors like Mohammed (of Bauchi) and Tambuwah (of Sokoto) are for it whilst ALL Middle Belt and Southern PDP Governors are against it”.

He later twitted, “We must stop being disingenuous and we must be honest and clear. There is NO  “common position” of PDP or PDP Governors on RUGA. ALL the core northern PDP Governors support the full implementation of RUGA whilst ALL the Middle Belt and Southern PDP Governors oppose it vehemently”.

The RUGA policy that sought to create what could pass for settlements or colonies across the 36 states of the federation had raised not a little dust in the past two weeks creating a sharp divide along ethnic, regional and even religious lines in the country.

Sensing the level of disaffection and opposition that has trailed the initiative, the Federal Government announced its suspension early in the week but two days later a coalition of northern groups came out with an ultimatum for President Buhari and all state Governors to implement the scheme of face dire consequences.


Posted 06/07/2019 07:13:05 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Nigeria must use oil wealth to prepare for...

UNICEF, other stakeholders lament rising rate of out...

Two bag 36 months for stealing armoured cables...

Niger spends N4.3bn on schools’ renovation, furniture

NFF plans friendly for Super Eagles with Argentina...

Hon.Henry Seriake DicksonBayelsa State Governor, on the 21st...

N-Delta militant groups end ceasefire agreement with FG...

Mugabe Sets To Reshuffle Cabinet Next Week

Lagos primaries: Tinubu backs Sanwo-Olu for APC ticket...

Partly cloudy, hazy weather expected on Monday –...

Bayelsa attributes insecurity to frequent change of Police...

Illegal Detention: Court asks DSS to pay journalist...


Trending News BREAKING: Anthony Joshua Regains World Heavyweight Titles BREAKING: Evangelist Bonnke Is Dead. AbdulRazaq Lists Priorities As Cabinet Retreat Ends • Says State Almost Starting “From The Scratch” Anthony Joshua Vows To Punish Andy Ruiz Jr • Says Second Defeat Would Be ‘Catastrophic’ Kwara Governor Salutes Information Minister At 68 2023: Unite,Cooperate With Other Groups, Okowa Urges Urhobo Nation Obi To Kaigama: Continue What You Have Been Doing LASG Trains Over 1,600 Entrepreneurs For APPEALS Sowore: Falana Hit DSS, Says Action Extremely Embarrassing Land Grabbing: LASG Warns Land Grabbers Monarchs, Ethnic Leaders Set Agenda for DESOPADEC • As Askia Unveils His Vision As MD Africa Needs Servant –Leaders To Reverse Its Slide, Says FUTA Don


Most Read Asaba Masacre: Indigenes recall sad experience, warn IPOB against drums of war (339,536 views) Asaba Genocide : Soyinka, Kukah, Duke, others to speak at colloquium * Organisers roll out projects to immortalise victims. (337,593 views) Delta LG polls holds Jan. 6, 2018 (337,203 views) Bayelsa @ 21: Dickson calls for renewed hope (336,480 views) NIGERIA @ 57: Rededicate yourselves to Nigeria’s growth, Okowa tells elite (336,090 views) The Vagabonds Of Sambisa (3,308 views) BREAKING : Obiano wins Anambra governorship election (3,038 views) One On One Session With Atiku Abubakar, GCON (2,893 views) UNBELIEVABLE : Ghost Companies Lift N1.1tr Crude Oil In 10 Months (2,864 views) Glo-sponsored Onitsha Ofala Festival Begins (2,771 views) RUSSIA 2018: Nigeria in ‘trouble’ (2,658 views) The Rise And Fall Of Jacob Zuma (2,631 views)


SECTIONS News (1,018) Breaking News (27) Business & Economy (336) Politics & Policy (575) Niger Delta (274) Interviews (3) Sports (202) Entertainment (53) Stock & Forex Watch (0) Foreign (219) Sound Bite (6) Health (41) Editorials (1) Columnists (5) Letters (1) Opinions (28) Cartoons (0)



Rochas Okorochas Declare War On Buhari, Tinubu & Oshiomohole


APO Group Partner