The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has told the Federal Government to jettison the planned RUGA scheme, saying the association was opposed to the implementation of the programme anywhere in Nigeria.
The President of CAN, Pastor Samson Ayokunle, announced the position of the association at a church leaders’ summit in Lagos on Saturday.
“We, the Christian body call on the Federal Government to immediately suspend and abrogate the RUGA settlement programme,’’Ayokunle stated.
According to him, anything that smacks of mutual distrust should be avoided in the interest of national unity.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, said that he supported the opposition of CAN to RUGA settlement.
“CAN must do everything possible to let the world know that CAN is one. Whatever the CAN president says is the final,” he said.
On May 21, the Federal Government approved what it termed the RUGA settlement scheme, to curb open grazing of animals nationwide.
RUGA entails the settlement of animals by farmers in an organised place with the provision of necessary amenities.
But Ayokunle said CAN is opposed to the policy.
He said also that the perception by many Christians that CAN had not been showing enough interest in national issues was wrong.