Akwa Ibom citizens disagree with Buhari’s aide over RUGA comment
Akwa Ibom State people have reacted to the call the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, for the citizens of the state to support the rural grazing area policy RUGA of President Buhari’s government.
Ibom Informer Newspapers, reports that Senator Ita Enang made the advocacy while speaking on a radio programme on Saturday. He said the only way to solve farmers and herders clash was to support grazing settlement policy of the Federal Government.
Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Ikot Obio Nso Community in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state was thrown into mourning over herdsmen attack which led to the death of one Friday Etor, by suspected Fulani herdsmen,.
However, two days after the sad incident, Senator Enang who claimed that the state government, under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel, had brought in cows from Brazil to give a settlement, called on the people to embrace the grazing policy, saying that keeping cows in settlement is not a bad idea or a new development.
Enang while justifying his position, said, “cows we see in Akwa Ibom state are owned by big men in the state, they should stop deceiving the people. They are serving and former senators, National and state house of Assembly members, chairmen of councils, retired and serving soldiers, party chairmen, elders, leaders of PDP and APC in the state. They employ the fulanis to manage the cows for them.”
But reacting, Akwa Ibom people took to various social media platforms to chide the former Senator who many alleged, has not attracted any meaning project to the state, despite his close ties with the Presidency.
“Ita Enang has not influenced the Federal Government over these years, to at least open one functional sea port in Akwa Ibom or Cross River State. He is now fighting for the people who are planning to conquer, kill and rule over us. We cannot put our neck in Fulani chain and become slaves in our land. Ita Enang is grown enough to know the history of this country as regards Fulani conquest”, a seemingly angered Effiong Udosen said.
Mr Bassey James on his part described the RUGA policy as thoughtless and wondered why Enang was more concerned about the cattle grazing policy when he has not been able to facilitate the construction of the Calabar-Itu Road which he noted was captured in the 2016 budget.
“We are surprised at our son, Senator Ita Enang who sees taking care of deadly strangers as his priority rather than attracting the presence of the federal Government to the state. A clear case is the Calabar-Itu Road which we were told its construction was captured in 2016 budget but alas has remained a dead trap till date. We cannot create a space for people who are not peaceful, we are farmers and shall never surrender our farmlands to bloody men and destructive elements”, he said.
Others described Enang’s advocacy for the RUGA policy as being shameful, saying he was only doing the biddings of his paymasters, without considering the interest of the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has commiserated with victims of the suspected herdsmen attack.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Governor Udom Emmanuel, while addressing the people of Ikot Obio Nso, Ikpa Ikono Clan where the dastardly act took place, said preying on the lives of the people of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen will not be accepted.
He directed the state Police Command and other security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the violence which also left an eleven year old boy, Master Nsikak Udoh hospitalised, following bullet wounds.