Ban on open grazing: Our decision is irreversible and will be enforced – Akeredolu

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ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Governor Rotimi of Ondo State has reacted to the statement credited to Alhaji Abubakar Malami, Attorney of the Federation and Minister of Justice, condemning the recent ban open grazing by 17 governors of the Southern States.

Malami in an interview with Channels TV Wednesday had reportedly compared the cattle herding to spare parts business.
Akeredolu, in a statement he personally signed Thursday condemned the statement made by Malami and maintained that the decision to ban open grazing in the south was irreversible.

The full statement reads:

I have just read the press statement credited to the Attorney of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Shehu Malami SAN the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum to ban open grazing in their respective States. The AGF is quoted to have said that this reasoned decision, among others, is akin to banning all spare parts dealers in the Northern parts of the country and is unconstitutional.

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 reasonable 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.

Comparing this anachronism, which has led to loss of lives, farmlands and property, and engendered untold hardship the host communities, with buying and selling of auto parts is not only strange. It, annoyingly, betrays a terrible mindset.

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.

The decision to ban open grazing stays. It will be enforced with vigour.