Posted on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 08:43 AM

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It is now clear that the federal government did not suspend its National Livestock Transformation Plan but what it is reviewing presently is the modalities for setting up settlements for cattle breeders in various parts of the country.  

Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Andrew Kwasari, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said President Buhari has given marching orders to the economic team and the ministry of Agriculture to pursue the plan.

He dismissed the threat issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups, saying a large section of the citizenry was in solidarity with President Buhari over the suspension of Ruga policy.

There has been series of reactions and doubts expressed on government's sincerity over the suspension of the RUGA project, leading to warnings on how a reintroduction will disintegrate the country. 

Recall the spokesperson for CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in giving the 30-day ultimatum to state governors to accept the Ruga programme, said the conspiracy to weaken the North had been perpetrated with the active connivance of some leaders from the region.

But Mr. Kwasari said, “I think the President has the overwhelming support and his decision has resonated with the majority. I think we should not worry about the threats. They don’t earn my respect in anyway, I can’t support them. My support is for the President and the people of Nigeria.

“Their threat is divisive, I think these people should listen to the majority of this country and above all, accord respect to the office of the President, if they are true citizens of this country.

“The President took the decision to suspend the Ruga policy in the interest and common good of all Nigerians. Are we supposed to be concerned about rallying around the President who has taken a decision or a portion of society that feels otherwise for whatsoever reason? I don’t know whatever evidence that they have.”

 “So, I’m sure that the appropriate agencies are considering whatever action they will take. What is within my power is to make sure that the President’s directive is obeyed”, he stated.


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