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Prof Ben Nwabueze, RUGA

RUGA settlements’ controversy pushing divisions in the country to near-breaking point

FROM cattle colonies to RUGA settlements in every state of the federation: From what we know of the cattle colony scheme, based on a presentation by the then Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, the cattle colony scheme is not a scheme for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen. Here is what he said in his presentation: “We are talking of colonies because 20, 30, or 40 ranchers can share the same colony. A ranch is usually owned by an individual or a company with sometimes very few cattle. Some have more than 200 or 300 cows. In a cattle colony, you could find 30,000 cows owned by different owners.

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Nigeria: ‘Roadmap to stability, progress and Unity’

In the aftermath of the bloody conflicts of 1991 – 93, the bloodiest in the country’s more than 3,000 years of recorded history, the people of Ethiopia faced the fundamental issue squarely, and the solution they worked out at meetings of the ethnic nationalities, based on the tragic lessons of the bloody conflicts, was embodied in the 1995 Constitution, which is still, 17 years after (1995 – 2012), the basis of the continued corporate existence of the diverse “Nations, Nationalities and Peoples” comprised in Ethiopia.

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