A former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Jonathan Asake, said the new move to create Ruga settlements in some parts of the country was an attempt to “Fulanise” the country.
Asake, who was a member of the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015, said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday.
He said the term ‘Ruga’ was a Fulani word and it was thus hypocritical of anyone to say it would not be exclusive to Fulani when implemented.
Asake, who is from Southern Kaduna, said in 1987, the Kaduna State Government approved Ruga settlements for the old Kachia Local Government Area, which comprises Zangon Kataf, Chikun, Kajuru and Kachia local government areas today.
However, he said overtime Fulani began to expand these settlements and today, some of them had been converted into emirates.
Asake said, “That grazing reserve has been changed to Laduga. Laduga is actually a Fulani word and no indigene is there. The land has been taken over from the indigenes. And that place is now a big town, with big hospitals and roads.”