Senator Walid Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party has urged Nigerians to embrace the establishment of Rural Grazing Areas programme of the Federal Government.
Jibrin told newsmen at his Nasarawa country home on Tuesday in Nasarawa State that the proposed settlement policy for herdsmen would promote peace and security in the country.
He also explained that the programme would boost food security and improve the health and standard of living in rural communities.
Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin (leader) of Fulani in Nasarawa State, commended the federal government for introducing the RUGA programme in the country considering its importance.
“I am not in APC, I am a PDP chieftain. But when we talk of development and security, we should leave anything about politics, religion and tribe.
“Whoever is ruling in Nigeria, if he brings any programme that will do away with insecurity, killings and will take care of the welfare of the people, I will go by that. My politics is not do or die and I play politics without bitterness.
“That is why I am and we Fulani commend the Federal Government for introducing the RUGA project in the country.
“I and our tribe (Fulani) have embraced the programme. RUGA project includes the provision of hospitals, schools, water supply and electricity, among other facilities, which will have a direct bearing on the lives of the herders.
“Apart from that, it will also tackle incessant farmers/herdsmen conflicts as well as boost food security in the country,” he said.
Jibrin also called on the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups to embrace the programme in the interest of national development.
“About 12 states in the North have already embraced it and have already started the project including Nasarawa State.
“So, I am calling on the Southerners, the Igbos, the Yorubas, among others, to embrace it, even though the project is not compulsory.”
Governor Ganduje of Kano State had already constituted a committee on RUGA settlement in the state.