A coalition of Arewa groups under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has warned of decisive consequences if antagonism against the RUGA settlement scheme was not stopped in 30 days.
While urging northern elders and youths to maintain their calm, the group placed President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government on notice that they must act to halt and completely stop the resistance against the RUGA settlement implementation, which the coalition described as “raging madness” within 30 days beginning from Wednesday July 3, 2019.
According to a statement sent to The Street Reporters Newspaper on Wednesday by the spokesman of the coalition, Comrade Suleiman Abdul-Azeez, the group urged Nigerians to give peace a chance by no resisting the implementation of the RUGA settlement scheme for predominantly Fulani herdsmen.
Their four-point resolution reads as follows:
For the avoidance of doubt, the Coalition of Northern Groups is hereby restating its resolve never to remain silent or passive and allow things that affect the North and potentially cause harm to any northerner to continue unchecked.
We hereby find it necessary to declare the following stand on these issues of vital concern to the country and to the North in particular:
1. While we warn all state governors that stand against the implementation of the Ruga initiative to desist and give peace a chance, we place President Buhari and the federal government on notice that they must act to halt and completely stop this raging madness within 30 days beginning from today, Wednesday July 3, 2019.
2. The Nigerian security agencies are also placed on notice to check and bring under control the current unbridled inflammatory remarks by the southern leaders in the same manner they swiftly coined a tag of ‘hate speech’ around the Kaduna Declaration.
3. We warn the elders, political and religious leaders of southern Nigeria to urgently halt the inciting remarks that provoke hate against the North, keeping in mind that no single person or group has the sole monopoly of unguarded remarks that instigate hatred.
4. For the avoidance of doubt, we advise the federal authorities and the southern leaders to heed the 30-day notice failing which we would most definitely be left with no option than to consider resorting to our decisive line of action.
In conclusion, the coalition urgeed “all chapters of CNG, our affiliates and ordinary peace loving northerners to remain calm and resolute as we gauge the level of government’s readiness to act within the 30-day ultimatum.
“We assure the northern population the CNG is committed to proving that the North’s reticence in speaking out or taking action is not born of fear or ignorance of how to respond in kind, but for our respect for humanity and deep commitment to peaceful coexistence.
“We call on the northern youth and elders to uphold their heritage of respect by resisting the temptation to be provoked into engaging in unnecessary altercations with any individual or group as we expect a civilized ending to the current situation”, the group declared.