Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, this weeked cautioned the people
of the Southern part of the country to remain vigilant even with the
suspension of the controversial RUGA settlement for Fulani herdsmen.

The secretary of CAN in the 17 Southern States, Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa made this warning in a statement issued to pressmen.

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Ajujungwa,
who said the suspension of the programme by President Muhammadu Buhari
may not be its end, said there was every indication “though it is
claimed that it has been suspended, the underground work is still going
on.” He called on every Southerner “to be watchful”, stressing that
“even as we pray, we don’t need to keep quiet; they are experts in
underground work.”

He added that “we do not have land to give to
anybody as a grazing field or colony and we call on the South East
governors to maintain their stand that they do not have such a place. Do
you know what it means to give 10 hectares of land to herdsmen? We say
no to that.

“As CAN, we will preach it from our pulpit, every
Imam should peach from the mosque and the traditionalists should stand
against it; nobody should relent; no land should be given; any
traditional ruler that does that should be dethroned.

“In the
North, we have largest hectares of land, very vast that nobody is
occupying. Why are they not building the ranches, Ruga of whatever
there? They can come here, take grass and go, and we buy cow in
exchange, just like the governors said. We do not have such mass land
required.”

“We are also calling on the Federal Government to be
mindful of what they are doing because cattle rearing is a private
farming business. Why should the government support individual cattle
farmers against other farmers?” On the threat and ultimatum issued by a
coalition of Northern Youths, Ajujungwa said “they should understand
that nobody has the monopoly of violence. As they are planning to
attack, others are planning to defend themselves and we cannot run away
for them.

“CAN is calling on all Christians, all law abiding
citizens of the Southern Nigeria to please watch and pray. Watch means
that you must open your eyes to see what is going on and therefore pray;
do not relent.

“Anybody that is coming to buy land now, in the
name of business, factory, and what have you, let us be cautious in
dealing with the person, because their plot is to turn such into
colony”, the statement reads.

Source:- Vanguardngr

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