Open Grazing Ban: Akeredolu Says Garba Shehu is Working for Other People And Not Buhari
- Garba Shehu is a mere [political appointee, according to Governor Akeredolu
- The governor was reacting to a statement from Shehu where the latter said governors have no right to ban open grazing
- Akeredolu said the presidential spokesman is not speaking for President Buhari
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Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, has been faulted by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state.
Shehu incurred Akeredolu's wrath after he released a statement criticising southern state governors for banning open grazing in their region, Daily Trust reports.
According to Akeredolu, the statement from Garba Shehu does not emanate from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor said the presidential spokesman must be working for other people and not the president.
The governor said Shehu, with his utterances, does not want the peace and unity of the country.
“Mr Garba must disclose, this day, the real motive(s) of those he serves, definitely not the President. He cannot continue to hide under some opaque, omnibus and dubious directives to create confusion in the polity."
Going further, Akereedolu said governors can’t take instructions from mere political appointees.
In another report, Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that without an alternative provided, the ban on open grazing will not end the incessant farmers/herders crisis in the country.
Fayemi who serves as the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) made the disclosure on Sunday, February 21, during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
The governor, speaking further, explained that though governors have agreed to pursue modern livestock management practices, the transformation will not happen overnight.
Legit.ng also reported that Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, on Tuesday, January 26, commended southwest governors for raising their voices against night and under-aged grazing across the region.
Adams in a statement said the new agreement was a swift response to the growing spate of insecurity across the region.
He said the new arrangement was the governors' response to the growing insecurity across the region, adding that the effort of the state chief executives was a step in the right direction and an attempt to douse the tension and also proffer lasting solutions.