You Are Wrong to Ban Open Grazing, Presidency Tackles Southern Governors

You Are Wrong to Ban Open Grazing, Presidency Tackles Southern Governors

- Presidency has faulted the resolution of the southern governors on open grazing

- The governors had banned open grazing in the southern states

- Garba Shehu, the special assistant on media and publicity, made this known on Monday, May 24

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The presidency has described the southern governors' forum’s recent ban on open grazing as an action of questionable legality.

The Nation reports that the presidency accused the governors of politicking with serious security issues and an attempt at a show of power.

You Are Wrong to Ban Open Grazing, Presidency Tackles Southern Governors
The presidency has tackled the southern governors over their position on open grazing. Credit: Garba Shehu.
Source: Facebook gathered that this was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday, May 24, by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Shehu insisted that the governors’ action during the recent meeting in Asaba, Delta state is a violation of the constitutional right of Nigerians to live and do business in any part of the country, irrespective of such a citizen’s state of origin.

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The presidency announced that the federal government would commence partial implementation of the plan to rehabilitate grazing reserves in willing states, starting from June.

He said:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed a strong resolve to address the conflicts of herders and farmers in a sustained and lasting manner that should lead to the emergence of a permanent solution to the frequent clashes between them, as well as the associated problem of the gun-wielding ‘killer herdsmen’.
“The president had approved a number of specific measures to bring a permanent end to the frequent skirmishes as recommended by Alhaji Sabo Nanono, the minister of agriculture in a report he submitted and the president signed off on it back in April."

He said it is very clear that there was no solution offered from their resolutions to the herder-farmer clashes that have been continuing in our country for generations.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the mouthpiece of northern Nigeria, has expressed support for the call of the southern governors to ban open grazing of cattle.

It was reported that the ACF chairman and immediate past minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, made this known in a statement on Monday, May 17.


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