RUGA: Fani-Kayode Accuses DSS of Bias Over Invitation of MASSOB Leader


Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of alleged bias over its invitation of Chief Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) over the Ruga controversy.

According to him, the DSS approach smack off bias by inviting only the MASSOB boss and leaving out AbdulAzeez Suleiman, the spokesman of a coalition of Northern groups which issued a 30-day ultimatum to the Nigerian government to reverse its suspension of Ruga and also threatened Nigerians.

Recall that the Federal government had planned the Ruga settlements to curb open grazing of animals that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders.
However, the initiative which was greeted with criticism from Nigerians, including some state governors, was later suspended by the federal government.

Following the suspension, a coalition of northern groups, which has AbdulAzeez Suleiman as its spokesman issued a 30-day ultimatum to the Federal government and governors who opposed to the RUGA settlement program to reverse their decisions.

Suleiman, in a press conference, said, “While we warn all state governments that stand against the implementation of the Ruga Initiative to desist and give peace a chance, we place President Buhari and the Federal Government on notice that they must completely stop this raging madness within 30-days beginning from today.”  

While reacting, the former minister on his Twitter handle wrote: “How can DSS invite MASSOB leader Chief Ralph UWAZURIKE over a video broadcast calling on the Igbo to resist RUGA whilst a Fulani terrorist called AbdulAzeez Suleiman and his Arewa Group, who threatened the lives of Southerners with a 30-day ultimatum over RUGA, are walking free?


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