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OPU Opposes RUGA Settlement

Oodua Progess Union (OPU) has rejected the move by the Federal Government to create a Ranching Unit Grassing Area (RUGA) for cattle rearers in the country particularly in the South West.

A full statement by the body signed by its Secretary, Alhaji Lukman Adedire Adedi available to the media reads thus:

“We would like to congratulate all our Obas from the Yourbaland, the Aare Ona Kankafo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, the South West Governors, for the success of the recent Security Summits in Ibaban, Oyo State Nigeria.

“With the recent kidnapping, killings of our parents, brothers & sisters back home by the Fulaani, demanding ransom to release them, gave us serious concern.

“We the Yoruba sons and daughters in Asia continent, under the organisation of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) rejects the construction of cattle colonies in Yorubaland that has been approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As we are looking for our “daily bread” we can no longer have rest of mind here in abroad because we do not know the situation of our family back home.

“We call on the Ooni of Ife, the Alaafin of Oyo Yoruba, the Aare Ona kankafo of Yorubaland, the Yoruba leaders, the social cultural groups to stand tall and in unity to kick against the bandity.

“Ile ni abo sinmi oko, no matter how long we live in abroad, we will eventually return home, so please save our land, our leaders, for the future of the unborn children.”


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