OPEN GRAZING: Akeredolu Carpets Malami Again, Says Ban on Open Grazing Stays

…Tells the AGF to Go to Court

…As Falana Faults the AGF’s Positions

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By Shola Akingboye, 20th May 2021

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has mocked the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, tells him go and learn between what is legitimate business that is not in anyway injurious and a certain predilection for anarchy.

This came after Mallami compared the ban on open grazing to shutting down spare parts shops in the northern parts of Nigeria.

In a statement titled, “Our decision is irreversible and will be enforced”, Akeredolu said Malami was clinging to an anachronistic model of animal husbandry which is wicked and arrogant.

“I have just read the press statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN on the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum to ban open grazing in their respective States.

He noted that, “The AGF is quoted to have said that this reasoned decision, among others, is akin to banning all spare parts dealers in the Northern parts of the country and is unconstitutional.

“It is most unfortunate that the AGF is unable to distill issues as expected of a Senior Advocate. Nothing can be more disconcerting.

Akeredolu said, “This outburst should, ordinarily, not elicit response from reasonable people who know the distinction between a legitimate business that is not in anyway injurious and a certain predilection for anarchy.

“Clinging to an anachronistic model of animal husbandry, which is evidently injurious to harmonious relationship between the herders and the farmers as well as the local populace, is wicked and arrogant.

He then described the comments of the AGF as “Comparing this anachronism, which has led to loss of lives, farmlands and property, and engendered untold hardship on the host communities, with buying and selling of auto parts is not only strange. It, annoyingly, betrays a terrible mindset.

“Mr Malami is advised to approach the court to challenge the legality of the Laws of the respective States baning open grazing and decision of the Southern Governor Forum taken in the interest of their people. We shall be most willing to meet him in court,” he said.

Stressing that, “The decision to ban open grazing stays. It will be enforced with vigour.”

Meanwhile, the human rights lawyer, Chief Femi Falana has corroborated the position of Akeredolu, he frowned at the statement credited to the Attorney General for the Federation, Mallami, says no part of the Nigerian constitution legalised open grazing in the country.

Reacting during a virtual interview on a live television, AIT news hour at 7, and monitored by RegentAfrica Times on Thursday evening; Falana expatiate that the rights to the land use and its protection is vested in the governors.

Healthwise, the lawyer also sensitize Maslami on the health hazard of rearing animals among human habitations. He says there are certain disease found among animals that are hazardous and no law of any country permits open grazing anywhere in the world.

Citing the necessary session of the Nigerian constitution to back his claims, Falana further faulted Mallami, described his outburst against the position of the Southern governors as inimical to the position he held as the AGF.

The human right activist suggested that Mallami should have spoke for himself rather than messing up the rule of law, including his statements on devolution of power vis-a-vis the calls for restructuring.

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