The Presidency on Tuesday advised Nigerians to disregard the 30 days ultimatum issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) over the suspension of the Ruga settlement project.

The Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the Office of the Vice President , Dr. Andrew Kwasari stated this during an interview with journalists in Abuja during a training session organized for the executives of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and its officers.

While advising Nigerians not to worry about the  threat,  Kwasari also clarified that the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NTLP) of the Federal Government has not been suspended.

The Presidency  advised the leadership of the CNG to respect the office of the President which it said took the decision to suspend the project in the interest of the nation. 

“The National Livestock Transformation Plan has not been suspended . In fact, it has been enhanced because Mr. President, in his wisdom has spoken and directed that this is the plan that we should be working around to implement.

“We will need an all-encompassing committee of the National Economic Council, National Food Security Council and the Federal Executive Council working together to deliver this plan.

“So for us , this is the type of leadership that the country needs . So , there is no mention of suspension whatsoever for the NLTP,” Kwasari said. 

He added: “I think the President has the overwhelming support and his decision has resonated with the majority. I think we should not worry about the threats. They don’t earn my respect in anyway. I can ’ t support them.

“My support is for the President and the people of Nigeria. Their threat is divisive. I think these people should listen to the majority of this country and above all, accord respect to the office of the President if they are true citizens of this country.

“The President took the decision to suspend the Ruga policy in the interest and common good of all Nigerians. Are we supposed to be concerned about rallying around the President who has taken a decision or a portion of society that feels otherwise for whatsoever reason? I don’t know whatever evidence that they have.”