SMBLF warns Senate President Lawan over Ruga settlement
Members of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) have sent a strong warning to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on his bid to convince the executive arm of government that he is a rubber stamp, particularly over his alleged role in bringing up the defeated Bill on Water Banks across the country in pursuance of the Ruga Settlement policy and other domination quests.
In a press release, the SMBLF warned Lawan to stop debasing the Senate by making it seem he is a willing tool in the hands of the President and the executive. They also called on the former Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Ita Enang, on the same Ruga policy, expressing disgust over his recent utterances, which the leaders described as untruths and wild claims in his desperate effort to get re-appointed.
The leaders gave this warning in a statement jointly issued by Yinka Odumakin (South- West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr. Isua Dogo (Middle- Belt).
While handing out the strong warning, SMBLF said Lawan had been trying to bring up the defeated bill by flaunting his party’s majority in the Senate.
The statement added that such behaviour from the President of the Senate shows his lack of understanding of the fact that national cohesion overrides the number of members of any party in parliament, saying there was a need for Senator Lawan to understudy how the British Parliament had behaved across party lines.
The statement reads in part:
“SMBLF also warns the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to stop debasing the Senate in his bid to convince the executive arm of government that he is a rubber stamp.
We have noticed how he has been trying to bring up the defeated bill through which the executive arm sought to take over water banks across the country in pursuit of the Ruga policy and other domination quests.
His flaunting of the APC majority in the Senate shows a lack of understanding of the fact that national cohesion overrides the number of any party in parliament. He should understudy how the British Parliament has behaved across party lines.”
On Enang, the body opined that statement credited to him that Ruga was not derived from Hausa or Fulani language, but an acronym for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA), initiated in 1956 during the colonial era, was a complete lie.
The leaders also faulted Enang on the assurance he gave that Ruga policy was not intended to Islamise, Fulanise, or colonise the country.
“This a pure lie. We challenge him to tell us what Cow Settlement is called in Hausa other than Ruga.
He also assured it was not intended to Islamise, Fulanise, or colonise anybody. We want him to give us the number of Fulani who have indicated that they want to relocate to the South outside Fulanis from Senegal, Niger, Mali, etc., who will have territories created for them under Ruga policy. This is Fulanisation and colonialism,” SMBLF stated.