Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday, said that he is not happy with the manner in which Fulanis are treated in the country.
He also said that the Federal Government’s Ruga programme should not be implemented where indigenes are not Fulanis
On the suspended Ruga programme, he disclosed that it should be optional for States.
Ganduje revealed that the Initiative should not have been made by the Federal Government, rather, States interested in the economic relevance of Fulani herdsmen.
The Governor spoke while addressing Journalists in Sokoto State, after attending the wedding of the son of a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Kabiru Gaya.
He said: “I think the suspended programme was really misunderstood. Ruga is supposed to be for a State where Fulanis reside; you cannot implement Ruga where the indigenes are not Fulanis.
“The programme should be for those States that will cater for Fulanis and the issue of herdsmen should be socio-economic in nature, and not socio-cultural.
“That is why in Kano State, we decided to develop a grazing area in form of Ruga, where Fulani herdsmen will all live in one place and can be monitored.
“They will get other social services that are being provided for the people of Kano State, which include health, security, and education. Not only that, their businesses would be improved upon, so that their cattle can produce more nutritious milk for the people.”
Ganduje maintained that there is no better way to resettle the Fulani herdsmen than practise the Ruga system, instead of them migrating from one part of the country to another.
“Otherwise, Fulanis will be suffering and the security problems will continue. I am not happy with the manner in which they are being treated in the country.
“At the same time, I am not happy with the way they behave too, because of their lack of education, which is gradually graduating into banditry.”