Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF) yesterday tackled the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jubril, over his support for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme of the Federal Government.
Jubril had in an interview with newsmen in Nasarawa State on Tuesday, declared support for RUGA, noting that it would tackle the incessant farmers-herdsmen conflicts as well as boost food security in the country.
But SMBLF in a statement yesterday by representatives of the ethnic groups said Jubril’s position confirmed the ethnic conquest policy of the Fulani people.
“The ethnic domination programme seeks to create homelands for Fulani herdsmen all over Nigeria in spite of the terror non-Fulani communities have been subjected to even when these herders are nomads.
“Southern and Middle Belt communities have rejected the internal colonialism agenda outrightly,” the statement added.
It appealed to Jubril to join his fellow ethnic supremacists to pursue RUGA in the northern states that had accepted RUGA.
“We say clearly to Jubril that his appeal to our zones to accept the obnoxious policy is rejected with no thanks.
“Our opposition to the policy remains unwavering and RUGA will only be implemented in our communities after a military conquest of the entire South and Middle Belt as we have told Femi Adesina that we will keep our lands and lives against RUGA policy.
“We are not members of the PDP, though we adopted Atiku as presidential candidate in the last election based on his promise to restructure Nigeria, but we call on all PDP governors in our zones to ignore their BoT chair, who has spoken as a champion of his ethnic group, but wearing the badge of their party,” SMBLF said.