Akeredolu Blasts Malami, Says No Going Back On Open Grazing Ban

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Rotimi Akeredolu
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has blasted the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Shehu Abubakar Malami, for faulting the ban placed on open grazing in the Southern part of the country.

At a meeting in Asaba last week, Southern Governors banned open grazing and asked the President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation over the increasing rate of insecurity in the country.

But Malami who appeared as a guest on Channels Television on Wednesday faulted the ban, arguing that the governor had no right to do that and as well likened their action to Northern Governors banning the sale of auto spare parts in the North.

Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum, spoke in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, titled, ‘Our decision is irreversible and will be enforced’.

In the statement,he asked the AGF to challenge the governor’s position on open grazing in court, adding that Malami’s comments were “unfortunate and wicked”.

Part of the statement read, “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.

“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 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.

“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 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 vigour.”

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