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“Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care” – Wole Soyinka



Professor Wole Soyinka has said that the establishment of the Ruga settlement could spark an explosion in the country. He warned the Federal Government that the Ruga project was not the best approach to resolving the herders-farmers’ clashes and there is going to be ‘trouble in this country’ if the Federal Government proceeds to establish the RUGA settlements.

According to Punch, Soyinka stated this at the inauguration of the United Nations Solutions 17 SDG programme in Lagos. He said: “Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care. But why do we not take our policies from good models?

“This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle. I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cow 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 a cow goes to Ijebu Ode and eats up their seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet? 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 take priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage.”


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