There is nothing wrong with the word “RUGA” in whatever contex applied. The sudden outcry from the Marshall’s of Tabloids and Cyber Warriors is simply a “VERY BAD POLITICS OF DIVIDE AND RULE”.
I lived in the Yoruba quarters, Jikwoyi an outskirts settlement in Abuja FCT. What is wrong with the name YORUBA QUARTERS if not for identity? We have more Yorubas than any other tribe living in that huge area and I take pride in its identity, if not for anything but, for easy address. We all understand the benefits derived from having it so named.
You also find similar appallations like Anguwar Tivi, A/Nupawa, A/Kanawa, A/Kaje, A/Mada etc as well as Tudun Wada, which incidentally does not grant Mallam Wada the first settler the prioragative to appropriate the land or to start allocation to whoever he so wishes. Nor does the Yoruba Quarters confers Alhaji Akinniyi, not Onu Igala or any of those Ardos as in the case of A/Gara and RUGA the right of allocating land to anyone. It is simply a way of identification and so also to assist the town planners and administrators in their designs.
I have said it many times that the politics being played by the PDP and the demagogues would one day lead the country into political entanglement. What we can simply deploy (common sense) to ease the pains of our fellow Nigerians is turning people into a guttersnipe. Why make a mountain out of molehill?
Everyone of us is aware that there are lots of wrongs in our polity which invariably is a pointer to our collective lot. But why must our interest is this RUGA thing be wrong? Why must we continue to argue for the existing status quo of the Fulani herdsmen to remain unchanged.
If PDP control States have vowed not to allow such settlements, must the citizens in those states succumb to such political rascality? What about the job opportunities abound with the creation of those settlements? Must they loose out because of one selfish local politician whose ambition is to aspire to the highest political office Nigeria can offer? What happens then when the incumbent has run out of his term and THAT INDIVIDUAL decides to contest Presidency? Would Nigeria then be considered his constituent? It must be noted that people like you and me and the majority in those States that favor the RUGA settlement are politically savvy and could not easily be won over sentimentalities. It is therefore our duty to condemn this type attitude, which to say the least, is extreme form of political nihilism, with attendant militancy.
May I at this time remind you of what seems a common knowledge to most of us with the sayings of late Robert Kennedy and I quote;
“Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can
do against the enormous array of the world’s ills……against misery and ignorance,
injustice and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each
of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts
will be written the history of this generation”…..
“It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is
shaped. Each time a man/woman stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lots
of others or strikes out against injustice, he/she sends a tiny ripple of hope, and
crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripple
build a current which can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression”……end of quote.
Amb. Mohammed Kabiru Ilyasu is a Career Diploomat, a public affairs analyst, he has served Nigeria in many countries of the world.