Social critic, Prof Wole Soyinka has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration against the establishment of Ruga settlements for herdsmen across Nigeria.
Speaking on Tuesday at the launch of the United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG programme, Soyinka stated that the establishment of such settlements would cause an explosion if not handled well.
“But why do we not take our policies from good models? This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle,” he said.
“I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cattle walks up to the window of my house in Abeokuta, a house which is located in a residential area, then there’s a problem.
“When cattle goes to Ijebu Ode and eat up their plant seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet?”
Speaking further, the literary icon stated that Buhari deserved to have lost the last election for the lackadaisical attitude over the killing by Fulani herdsmen.
Soyinka said: “People have been killed in hundreds just because of the failure of leadership at a critical time. And the cattle herders have been given a sense of impunity.
“They kill without any compunction, they drive away the farmers who have been contributing to the food solutions in the country, the cattle eat their crops and then you come up with Ruga.
“I think that there is going to be trouble in this country if this Ruga thing is not handled imaginatively and with humanity as priority.
“Any country where cattle takes priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage.”
Source: Naija News