Leaders must support South-West govs on Ruga – Akintoye

A prominent Yoruba leader, Prof Banji Akintoye, has urged South-West leaders to rally support for the governors in the region in their bid to stop the implementation of  the Ruga  settlement project by the Federal Government.

Akintoye said this  on Tuesday at a summit on peace building and conflict prevention in Lagos State organised by Journalists for Democratic Rights.

The  former Head, Department of History at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife),   said the  Ruga project   was aimed at  giving  land belonging to other ethnic groups to Fulani herdsmen.

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He said he was aware that South-West governors were under pressure  to provide  land  for cattle colonies before the FG suspended the implementation of the project.

However,  he believed the governors would not yield to pressure  to provide land for Ruga.

 Akintoye said, “Certainly, our governors are our own men and they will not consent  to having our land overrun by anyone.

“ Therefore, I humbly propose that we, leaders of the Yoruba  nation, should come close to our governors and give them support for the purpose of giving them confidence and strength to reject  Abuja’s  demands.”

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He  also advised the governors to urgently promote the  establishment of ranches in the region by Yoruba entrepreneurs.

According to the  former lecturer, many people from other states  come to Yorubaland because of the hospitality of the people and their religious tolerance.

  The coordinator of Journalists for Democratic Rights, Wale Adeoye in his address, said the group would continue to train youths and  ethnic associations in conflict prevention and resolution.

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