PDP BOT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, supports Ruga settlement.
Many were taken aback on Tuesday, especially the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, when the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, openly supported the Ruga settlement of the Fulani herdsmen initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Members of the PDP are among the many Nigerians who were against the move of the president to forcefully impose the Ruga settlement scheme on all regions of the country, which has failed following the outcry of the public.
Jibrin told newsmen in his Nasarawa country home on Tuesday that the proposed settlement policy for herdsmen would promote peace and security in the country.
“I am not in APC (All Progressives Congress). 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 and we Fulani commend the Federal Government for introducing the RUGA project in the country.
“I and our tribe had embraced the programme. RUGA project includes provision of hospitals, schools, water supply and electricity, among other facilities, which will have direct bearing on the lives of the herders,” Jibrin stated.