Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has criticised those creating divisions amongst state governors over their decision to ban open grazing due to the incessant farmers/herders clashes.
Falana was reacting to a statement by Professor Usman Yusuf who condemned the Southern Governors Forum for its consensus on open grazing.
According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the Northern Governors Forum on February 9 had resolved to ban open grazing and cited in its communique the growing wave of insecurity in the land, which was supported by all governors in a virtual meeting on February 11.
He therefore wondered why Usman criticised the Southern Governors over a resolution decided by their Northern counterparts aimed at redressing the security challenges across the country.
He said: “Such divide-and-rule tactics are designed to further polarise the masses of our people. In any case, the decision of all the governors to ban open grazing is in line with section 1 of the Land Use Act which has vested the entire land in every state in the governors on behalf of the people.
“Accordingly, any person or corporate body that wishes to use land in any state is required to apply for a certificate of occupancy issued by the governor,” he said.
Falana also explained that Nigerian governors had noted with concern that “‘the current system of herding conducted mainly through open grazing is no longer sustainable in view of growing urbanization and population of the country.”