- Akeredolu has lambasted the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami
- This came following Malami's criticism of the ban on open grazing by southern governors
- The Ondo state governor described the minister's defence of open grazing as arrogant and wicked
In an action that will send shock waves among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has lambasted Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation.
Malami had criticised southern governors' ban on open grazing and this angered Akeredolu who said the minister's defence of the outdated model of rearing animals reeks of arrogance and is wicked in nature, The Cable reports.
Going further, Akeredolu said the decision of the southern governors to enforce the ban on open grazing is irreversible and that it will be enforced with vigour.
He disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, May 20, The Nation added.
Akeredolu added that southern governors are ready to defend the legality of their decision in court.
The statement read in part:
"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.
"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."
Meanwhile, the president of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, May 13, faulted the call for restructuring the country by the Southern Governors Forum.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Lawan said it was wrong for elected officials to lead such agitation.
He stated that the worsening security situation in the country is the result of a lack of a functional local government system.
In another news, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) reacted to the resolutions reached by the governors from Southern Nigeria at a meeting recently held in Asaba, Delta state.
The CNG said the southern governors unfairly profiled the entire business community of herders as the sole cause of the security challenges in the region.