Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state, Tuesday asked the federal government to abolish the Ruga initiative ealier proposed by Buhari led administration, noting that the cancellation of the initiative was not enough.

Darius Ishaku
Darius Ishaku

Speaking with newsmen at the government house in Jalingo, Gov Ishaku described Ruga initiative as colonialism and urged the federal goverment to cancel it.

Read his statement below:

Ruga is colonialism; it is not about cattle; it is not even about grasses. It should not only be suspended, but it should also be cancelled completely.

The whole Ruga scheme should be canceled. You cant do a Ruga in the entire country. I dont accept it. It is not workable, and it will not work in Taraba state.

Already, I have in place the Anti-Open Grazing Law in Taraba state that prohibits open grazing but encourages ranching. And we are making a lot of progress on ranching.

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I submitted a request to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for us (Taraba) to be given a loan for us to do the ranching but the CBN has refused to approve it, for reasons I dont know.

Otherwise, I would have showcased what ranching is in Taraba state. It is the best form of practice in modern days, if indeed you are talking about cattle, grasses and grazing.

But I dont think they (federal government) are talking about cattle; I dont agree that they are talking about grasses. They are talking of something else, colonisation.

He described the democracy being practised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as embarrassing and insulting while reacting to the siege to his residence in Abuja by the police.

I feel very bad that the democratic government of the APC is not living according to the tenets of the constitution. It is disgraceful, embarrassing and insulting.

Im shocked that only my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the polices siege on my house. APC didnt talk about it. Dont they have governors? Can somebody walk into an APC governors house and search it?

They broke the gate, broke all the doors of my house, threw out my children. I used two years to beg them (children) to come back to Nigeria. Now, one of them has gone back, Im still begging him to come back to Nigeria. This is nonsense.