The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has called on Southerners to accept RUGA and ignore the rumours that the North is planning to install emirs in the Southeast through Ruga.
MURIC, through its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola on Thursday urged Nigerians to ignore those trying to politicize the suspended Federal Government Rural Grazing Reserved Area,(RUGA), for herdsmen.
According to MURIC, “RUGA, which means rural grazing area is being misinterpreted to gullible Nigerians as an attempt by Northerners to install Emirs in the South or an attempt by them to invade Southern communities. This is far from the truth,”
We frown at the stereotype of any ethnicity or group of persons anywhere in the world, particularly Nigeria.”
“All tribes have their own share of criminals just as there are decent and industrious citizens among all ethnicities. We are alarmed at the rate of deception, outright lies and make-beliefs cal slated at inciting Southerners against Fulanis and Hausas,”
“We call on Southerners to think out of the box as there are many angles to the concept of RUGA. For instance, we can start looking at the quantity of cattle sales in a place like Lagos where about 6,000 cows are slaughtered daily. This is big business for crying out loud.”
“Any visionary governor from the South will accept the RUGA policy purely for economic reasons. We cannot afford to remain naive and blinded by ethnic jingoism. 10 per cent commission to the State coffers is not pittance especially as it runs into billions of naira.”
“As we fold our mats, we charge Southern governors to think more of the economic gains of RUGA and not the rumoured, unfounded and quixotic installation of emirs in Southern communities.”
“It is a farce. We should be looking at the message, not the messenger. We call on Southerners to ignore disgruntled politicians and stop idolizing demons.”
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“Nigeria needs unity now more than ever before and this is why we must move closer to all non-indigenes residing or doing business in our communities.”