After having earlier declared there’s no land for the Federal Government Rural Grazing Area, RUGA initiative in Benue, the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has asked security agencies in Nigeria to go after the northern youths who issued a 30-day ultimatum to the federal government over Ruga settlements recently.
The Guardian reports that Ortom said this in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase. The governor condemned the threat from the northern youths saying their statement is capable of causing anarchy in the country.
“The act of the coalition poses a real threat to the country’s unity and deserves to be tackled urgently,” the statement said. The governor warned that the group not to assume the position of an alternative government as its statement was uncalled for.
“If the government introduces a programme but later decides to suspend it in the larger interest of Nigeria, groups have no constitutional powers to coerce it to rescind the decision,” he said.
It was earlier reported that Governor Samuel Ortom recently responded to an alleged claim by the federal government that there are some reserved lands across the federation said to be used for the proposed Ruga settlement. Ortom, in a statement made available to journalists on Monday, July 1, said that there are no such lands in Benue.
Governor Samuel Ortom also recently described the dismissal of the suit filed by Miyetti Allah against the Benue open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law as a victory for justice, democracy and the rule of law. This was contained in a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Terver Akase, in which the country’s judiciary was commended for proving that it is indeed the last hope of the common people.