Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, says the proposed “Ruga Settlement” is not for herders alone.

Reacting to the massive opposition towards the project, Shehu said it is untrue that the federal government has the plan to forcefully take lands from some states.

He also expressed disappointment with the recent “unhelpful comments” regarding the plan to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.

“Ruga Settlement seeks to settle migrant pastoral families. It simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, would be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities,” he said.

“Such amenities include schools, hospitals, road networks, veterinary clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that would process and add value to meats and animal products.
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