Open grazing banned in Nigeria. Governors of South East and South West Nigeria has collectively banned open grazing of cattle (cows) in their respective states. This has lad to a lot of uproar and disagreements among the cattle herders and their people.
Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, was also not happy with the development.
While speaking on Channels TV, Abubakar Malami says the governors’ decision to ban open grazing of cattle in Nigeria by Southern Governors is the same as banning trading of automobile spare parts in the north by Northern Governors.
He also stated that the decision to ban open grazing of cattle in the south east and south west by the governors is against the constitution of Nigeria. He added that the decision if not reviewed can result to a constitutional breakdown of law and order.
Governor Akeredolu while responding to Malami said the fact that he compare and equate the baning of open grazing of cattle in the South with ban of automobile spare part in the North is very unfortunate.
Open grazing banned in Nigeria – what Akeredolu said
According to him, “It is most unfortunate that the AGF is unable to distill issues as expected of a Senior Advocate.
“Nothing can be more disconcerting. This outburst should, ordinarily, not elicit a response from reasonable people who know the distinction between a legitimate business that is not in any way injurious and a certain predilection for anarchy.
“I have just read the press statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Shehu Malami SAN on the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum to ban open grazing in their respective States.
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.
“Clinging to an anachronistic model of animal husbandry, which is injurious to the harmonious relationship between the herders and the farmers as well as the local populace, is wicked and arrogant.
“Comparing this anachronism, which has led to the 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 banning 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.
“The decision to ban open grazing stays. It will be enforced with vigor.”
Open grazing banned in south east. All governors of South East have agreed to put a stop to cows grazing in the public.
Open grazing banned in nigeria. The ban is not effective on all states in Nigeria. It only affect Southern states in Nigeria