Just In: 2 APC Governors Clash Over Anti-Open Grazing Laws
- Governor El-Rufai's comment on anti-open grazing laws in the south has attracted a strong reaction from his colleague in Ondo, Akeredolu
- The Ondo state governor said El-Rufai's statement that anti-open grazing laws are not realistic was mischievous
- Governor Akeredolu went ahead to accuse the Kaduna governor of plotting to externalise banditry
Akure, Ondo state - Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state, has slammed his Kaduna state's counterpart, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, over the latter’s comment on anti-open grazing law.
The Punch reported that Governor El-Rufai had described the anti-open grazing laws being signed by some of the southern governors as unrealistic.
However, Governor Akeredolu in a statement issued by the state commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo, said such a statement should not have come from a leader, the newspaper stated.
The Ondo state governor reiterated that the anti-open grazing law, especially in his state, had come to stay.
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Governor Akeredolu who belongs to the same party as El-Rufai, the All Progressives Congress (APC), accused the Kaduna governor of struggling hard to export banditry to the southern region under an expressed opinion that is laced with mischief.
He said Governor El-Rufai's comment "merely seeks to encourage anarchy under the guise of resentment of a law by affected stakeholders.”
The Nation reported that Governor Akeredolu said going by the comment, El-Rufai was plotting to externalise banditry.
The newspaper stated that Governor El-Rufai had accused southern governors of politicising farmer-herder clashes with the enactment of anti-open grazing laws.
Anti-open grazing policy cannot be sustained - Nasarawa governor
Meanwhile, the Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule, has also faulted the anti-open grazing policy adopted by some state governments in the country.
The governor, who spoke on Monday, September 20, during an interview on Channels TV, believed the policy was not working.
Governor Sule said all the northern governors have decided that since the policy is not in sync with modern ways, it cannot be sustained. He further claimed that the ban had not worked in the states that introduced anti-open grazing law.
Miyetti Allah talks tough as Governor Akeredolu signs anti-open grazing law
In a related development, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has kicked against the signing of the anti-open grazing law in Ondo state.
Legit.ng reported that Governor Akeredolu, the state governor, on Tuesday, August 31, signed the anti-open grazing bill into law. The governor said the move is in line with the resolution of the southern governors that all states in the region should make a law prohibiting open grazing before September 1.
However, speaking on Arise Television on Thursday, September 2, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, MACBAN secretary-general, said Akeredolu should learn from the situation in Benue state.
Delta state govt clarifies its position on open grazing ban
Meanwhile, the Delta state government on Friday, September 10 explained that it was not acquiring lands for herdsmen as wrongly reported in some quarters.
The state commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, said in a statement sent to Legit.ng, that the bill before the House of Assembly was for the regulation of livestock breeding, raring, and marketing in the state.
He said contrary to the misinformation in the public, the state was not acquiring any land for the purpose of establishing ranches.