The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), Senator Walid Jibrin, has said that the establishment of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) programme would promote peace and security in the country.
Accordingly, he urged Nigerians to embrace the federal government initiative, which he said would not only halt the feud between herdsmen and farmers but boost farming and animal husbandry.
The BoT chairman, who spoke at his Nasarawa country home Tuesday, said the programme apart from boosting food security, would improve on the health and standard of living of rural communities.
Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin (leader) of Fulani in Nasarawa state, commended the federal government for introducing the RUGA programme in the country considering its importance.
“I am not in APC, I am a PDP chieftain. But when we talk of development and security, we should leave anything about politics, religion and tribe.
“Whoever is ruling in Nigeria, if he brings any programme that will do away with insecurity, killings and will take care of the welfare of the people, I will go by that. My politics is not a do or die and I play politics without bitterness.
“That is why I am, and we, Fulani, commend the federal government for introducing the RUGA project in the country. I and our tribe (Fulani) had embraced the programme. RUGA project include provision of hospitals, schools, water supply and electricity, among other facilities, which will have direct bearing on the lives of the herders.
“Apart from that, it will also tackle incessant farmers/herdsmen conflicts as well as boost food security in the country,” he said.
Jibrin also called on the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups to embrace the programme in the interest of national development.
“About 12 states in the North have already embraced it and have already started the project including Nasarawa state.
“So, I am calling on the Southerners, the Igbo, the Yoruba, among others, to embrace it, even though the project is not compulsory.
“The project will keep the herdsmen one, safe and will improve on their welfare as some states in the South East have already promised to donate land for the project,” he noted.
He therefore called on all herdsmen and other Nigerians to shun armed robbery, kidnapping and other negative tendencies in the interest of peace and development.
He also urged Nigerians to live peacefully irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation for development to reign.