Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to purported threat by the Arewa Youth Assembly, in response to the suspension of RUGA settlement by the Federal Government.
The umbrella body of northern youths was reported to have allegedly threatened to evict all southerners in the north within 30 days if the federal government doesn’t rescind its decision to suspend the RUGA settlements of Fulani herders in selected states of the federation.
The FG had announced the RUGA – Rural Grazing Area- initiative in a bid to curb the incessant clashes between Fulani herders and host communities. The idea was to establish a grazing settlement for the herders in selected locations in the states to avoid indiscriminate pastoral activities.
But the government was forced to suspend the decision after it was greeted by a widespread criticism.
Angered by the news of its suspension, the Arewa youths then purportedly issued a 30-day Ultimatum to every southerner residing in the north to vacate unless RUGA is implemented.
Reacting to purported threat, Chief Fani-Kayode warned the group the south was ready for them and even charged them to save the 30 days grace it had given and carry out their threat now.
According to him, a 30-day period was too long; “the sooner the dance begins the better, while warning the group they will “reap the whirlwind that you have sown”
“To the arewa youths who dared to say that every southerner must leave the north within 30 days unless. “RUGA” is implemented i say, stop the threats and just do it! the sooner this dance begins the better! 30 days is too long! you will reap the whirlwind that you have sown!
we are waiting for you!this time around we are ready.there will be no settlement and there will be no turning back!
macbeth said “i shall fight till the flesh be hacked from my bones and damned be he who first cries hold!”
between us,i say damned be he who first cries hold!”
TO THE AREWA YOUTHS WHO DARED TO SAY THAT EVERY SOUTHERNER MUST LEAVE THE NORTH WITHIN 30 DAYS UNLESS RUGA IS IMPLEMENTED I SAY, STOP THE THREATS AND JUST DO IT! THE SOONER THIS DANCE BEGINS THE BETTER! 30 DAYS IS TOO LONG! YOU WILL REAP THE WHIRLWIND THAT YOU HAVE SOWN!..1/
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…WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU!THIS TIME AROUND WE ARE READY.THERE WILL BE NO SETTLEMENT AND THERE WILL BE NO TURNING BACK!
MACBETH SAID “I SHALL FIGHT TILL THE FLESH BE HACKED FROM MY BONES AND DAMNED BE HE WHO FIRST CRIES HOLD!”
BETWEEN US,I SAY DAMNED BE HE WHO FIRST CRIES HOLD!
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This not the first time such a threat was coming from the Arewa Youths.
Recall that in 2017, the group had issued the Igbos a quit notice, in response to the regions call for secession – a notice they later withdrew.
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