- The presidency disclosed that President Buhari is not against non-tolerance for open grazing
- Garba Shehu clarified on Thursday, May 27, that Buhari only wants grazing to be done in a new way
- The presidential media aide added his principal's earlier statement was misquoted
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Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, on Thursday, May 27, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is in no way supporting open grazing.
Shehu said the president's earlier remark on the non-tolerance stance taken by southern governors was misconstrued.
For clarity, he said his principal is only against the method by which the governors want to deal with the menace which, in his opinion, provides no alternative for what they are kicking against, The Nation reports.
In fact, he said President Buhari, who wants to make open grazing history in Nigeria, sees it as old-fashioned.
The president's aide noted:
“The president wants to see an end to open grazing; he wants to see ranching; but he wants it in a way that’s organised and he has a plan for it and the plan will take off in June.”
Shehu also admitted that the ranks of herdsmen in the country have been infiltrated by dangerous and armed criminals who go about killing innocent citizens, The Guardian also reported.
Earlier, the presidency had described the southern governors' forum’s recent ban on open grazing as an action of questionable legality.
The presidency accused the governors of politicking with serious security issues and an attempt at a show of power.
Legit.ng gathered that this was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday, May 24, by the president's aide 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.