soldiers in Sambisa Forest

Sambisa forest located within the Lake Chad basin at the fringe of Borno state has been identified by a coalition of Niger Delta Youths as the most appropriate place to establish the RUGA settlement.

The Youths who are also agitators for the enthronement of justice and development in the Niger Delta equally called on the government to arrest the Coalition of Northern Groups CNG who issued a 30-day ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the  RUGA policy.

In a statement signed by John Dukku, the agitators alleged of a grand plan to Islamise and fulanised the entire country. They accused the federal government of muhammadu Buhari of a hidden agenda in his pursuit of Islamic and Fulani domination.

The group vowed to stop any attempt to impose RUGA in any part of the oil-rich Niger Delta warning the federal government and RUGA proponents to steer clear of the region.

The statement reads “The attention of the Coalition of Niger Delta agitators has been drawn to the recent second round of 30 days ultimatum issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to the Federal Government urging it to forcefully implement the suspended RUGA settlement for Fulani herdsmen across the country or they will resort to self-help and destruction of lives and property of southerners resident in the North.

Protest Against Ruga in Taraba State

“The Coalition of Northern Groups further issued an ultimatum to southerners living in the North to vacate if their various state governments refused to donate lands to Federal Government for the implementation of its suspended RUGA settlement within the said 30 days.

“We are surprised that in a time like this when killings of innocent citizens is the order of the day by CNG brothers, we thought CNG and Arewa youths would have risen above ethnic sentiments to condemn the unprovoked killings and the high rate of poverty in the land, rather they are bent on worsening the already tensed situation by issuing unwarranted threat.

“While we see the recent RUGA settlement plan by the Federal Government as its plot to Fulanise and Islamise the entire country by proxy, we also want the CNG to note that there is no settlement in the entire northern part of Nigeria allocated to any tribe or ethnic group of southern origin by the Federal Government under any name or guise. Therefore, the recent threat by CNG is ill-conceived and foolishly advised by their sponsors/war-mongers who feel they are superhumans.

“We, therefore, also want to re-echo that the entire South-South and Niger Delta would never part any of its lands to Fulani terrorists no matter the amount of threat as we are ready for your threats.

“We advise the northern youths and the Presidency to build their planned Fulani settlements in Sambisa Forest and stop chasing shadows as such ethnic plan would only spell doom for the country.

“The Coalition of Northern Groups, Arewa youths, MACBAN, northern elders, the security agencies and the Presidency should note that any Niger Delta or southerner killed by northern youths as a result of this threat shall receive a severe and adequate response from us.

“At this juncture, we call on the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Police to immediately arrest and prosecute these promoters of hate-speech, otherwise they should be ready for nationwide violence as soon as the 30 days ultimatum is over.

“In like manner, all the northerners resident in the Niger Delta should leave within the next 30 days. We are ready for northern youths and we shall kill 10 northerners in response to any single southerner killed in the North,” the statement said