Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka has warned the Federal Government that its plan to set up Ruga settlement in the 36 states of the federation will set the country on fire.
Wole Soyinka made this known while speaking in Lagos at the United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG programme launch.
“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.” Wole Soyinka said.
“I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cattle 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 cattle go to Ijebu Ode and eat up their plant seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet?”
He added that the way president Buhari handled the Herdsmen issue was enough to make him lose re-election.
President Buhari deserved to have lost the last election for the lackadaisical attitude he took to the issue of cattle rearing in the country.
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 a priority. Any country where cattle takes priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage”.