The Federal Government has put the controversial Ruga settlement policy on hold.
The policy, which the Federal Ministry of Agriculture said would help remedy the frequent herdsmen/farmers clashes, had generated widespread condemnation, with many Nigerians describing it as a ploy by Fulani hegemonists to take over their land.
Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, said that the policy had been suspended.
Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, had emerged from a meeting of the national economic council committee on farmers-herders crisis.
The meeting was also attended by the governors of Plateau and Kebbi states, Simon Lalong and Atiku Bagudu respectively.
According to him, the policy was suspended as it was inconsistent with the Federal Government’s National livestock Transformation Plan.