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Fulani settlement, a recipe for genocide, group tells FG

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A socio-political organisation, the Igbo Oriental Think Tank, has warned that Nigeria might not survive an impending genocide as a result of the establishment of Fulani settlements by the Federal Government.

The Igbo group said establishing the settlements popularly known as Ruga in the 36 states of the federation should be halted with immediate effect so that Nigerians could sit down and decide the way forward.

The IOTT in a statement issued in Abuja by its Coordinating Secretary, Dr Kenneth Anozie, obtained by The PUNCH on Wednesday, said the Nigerian economy was already grappling with enough crises in education, infrastructure, human capital development, health and other social vices which required urgent attention.

The statement added, “It has come to our notice with shock and disbelief the current plans by the All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammadu Buhari to forcefully set up Fulani settlements across the 36 states of the federation, but with particular reference in the Middle Belt, South-East, South-South and South-West.

“This report is quite disturbing coming on the heels of the threat of the Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors, the Miyetti Allah, to set up Fulani vigilante groups across the South-East and other parts of Nigeria.

“The current state of insecurity, continued killings, kidnapping and the onslaught of Boko Haram (fighters) who daily slaughter innocent Nigerians are enough threats already to the continued existence of Nigeria, let alone the resultant effect of this present plot on Nigeria.”

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