Abdullahi Bodejo, national president of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, has said for peace to reign in the country, every state in the country deserves RUGA.
Bodejo, who made this known in an interview with TheSun, noted that Fulani is the largest ethnic group in the country and ought to be given places to settle all over the country.
He also also faulted the south east governors for saying herdsmen must bring their cows into the region by vehicle, rather than trekking with them through the bush.
“The bush doesn’t belong to them. If you are a governor or whatever they can call you, the bush has been there. If they claim that they are farming, they are not farming on every part of the bush.
“For the Fulani, their business is inside the bush. The governor and the organisation don’t have any reason for that; if they did, let them open up or come up with the reason. They can’t say if they want to bring cows they must bring them in with vehicles.
“Before the introduction of vehicles, the Fulani were moving with their cows and supplying their cows to any part of the country. From Taraba State, Fulani have been trekking with their cows to sell in Anambra, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Uyo, etc. This is part of the culture of the Fulani.”
Bodejo dismissed the claims that the Ruga scheme is an attempt to Islamise the country.
“If a Yoruba, an Igbo or any other ethnic group were the president and Ruga is to be implemented, nobody will raise an eyebrow,” he said.
“The reason they are saying this is because President Muhammadu Buhari is a Fulani and as I said earlier, people are trying to be playing politics with anything that concerns Fulani.
“But if we say give these people a place to stay and let there be peace in the country, why can’t you do that? Why the government is supporting crop farmers with billions of naira, have we shouted; how much have they given to the Fulani cattle rearers to go and do their business, nobody is talking about that one.”
The federal government had suspended the scheme following widespread criticism but states such as Zamfara and Adamawa have accepted it.