The Ijaw Youth Council described the Ruga settlements for herdsmen in some parts of the country as a recipe for crisis, insisting that the Ijaw people would resist them.
IYC President, Eric Omare, said it was wrong for one ethnic group to impose its wish on the entire country, warning that the Ijaw people were ready for war should there be any attempt to take their land for the purpose of Ruga settlements.
A coalition of human rights activists, under the aegis of Greater Restoration Initiative, also faulted the Ruga settlement scheme, describing it as “land grab initiative.”
The organisation urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “rebuild destroyed and displaced communities of farmers and not Ruga settlements” for his kinsmen.
While condemning the scheme, the GRI, in a statement by its President, Dr. James Mozeh, in Abuja on Monday, said a disclaimer by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the Ruga initiative, was not enough to explain the personality behind its supervision and the reason behind it.