FOLLOWING A 30 DAYS ULTIMATUM ISSUED BY COALITION OF NORTHERN GROUPS TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI TO IMPLEMENT RUGA PROGRAMME ON JULY 3, 2019,the Southern Coalition Group (SCG) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of Ruga project.
According to a statement signed by Comrade Michael Emailing, this is an indication that the President listens to the voice of the people.
“This would go a long way to carry out proper consultations and alternatives to the Ruga project. We give our support to laudable projects of Mr President that would promote and foster peaceful co-existence that would bring about transformation of lives in this next level of his second term in office”.
They however, condemned in strong terms the recent 30 days ultimatum given to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by the Coalition of Northern Groups Who hosted a press conference threatening to take action against Mr President if he does not go on with the Ruga project across the country, particularly southern Nigeria.
“We want to point out clearly that the incisive statements emanating from this group should not be treated with kid gloves. Therefore, we call on the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Police Force and the Military to immediately commence invitation, investigation and prosecution of their leaders who addressed the media for making verbal and written threats against the unity and sovereignty of the nation”.
The statement said such if condoned could encourage killer-herdsmen invasions, killings, rapes, maiming and violence in parts of the Southern States and the country in general.
“For them to threaten President Muhammadu Buhari with 30 days ultimatum is gross disrespect for his person, office and position by undermining his statement on the suspension of the controversial Ruga settlement issue”.
“We want to also state that there is no part of the country that is bigger than the other or special in anyway. We in the south do not depend on the north and so they cannot lord it over us because we are not second class citizens in this entity called Nigeria. We never begged the north to be one country but as providence will have so we are one today since 1914”.
The group says the South are “independent and industrious people and our resources sustain the economy of this country, and we have contributed and sacrificed immensely to keep the unity of Nigeria over the years despite the oppression and we have endured a lot and never retaliated in any form”.