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We have land for industries, not Ruga —Isoko group

Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri

A pan-Isoko group, the Isoko Advancement Network, has said the Isoko people in Delta State will resist any attempt to use any part of their land for the suspended Ruga Settlement for herdsmen across the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The group, however, said the Isoko people were ready to provide land for industries and other ventures that will benefit their people.

In a communiqué issued and signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Chief Paul Odhomor and Mr Felix Ofou, respectively, the group noted that though the programme had been suspended by the government, it would be resisted by the Isoko nation whenever it was reintroduced.

The communiqué was part of the decisions reached at the end of an emergency meeting in Oleh in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

It read, “In spite of the quantum of oil and gas produced in Isoko, we are marginalised. What we need are petrochemical industries and the employment of our sons and daughters in the oil sector.

“Ruga is a drive towards stealing of land and the accentuation of Fulani agenda. The Federal Government has no business pampering a section of Nigeria through orchestrated nepotism.”

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The group, however, commended Nigerians that have challenged the impunity embedded in the Ruga agenda, saying it was the best decision, given the insecurity associated with the activities of herdsmen which had afflicted untold hardship on the people.

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