Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on open grazing and grazing routes in the country, saying the era for that has passed.
Akeredolu, who is also the chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, made stated his opposition on Sunday while addressing the audience at a June 12 Memorial Lecture in Akure, voicing doubts that what worked in the First Republic would work now.
It would be rrecalled that President Buhari in an interview on Arise TV on Thursday, said he had directed Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to begin the process of recovering land from persons who had converted cattle grazing routes for their personal use.
However, Akeredolu, on Sunday, pointed out that cattle grazing routes is not in consonance with current trends in the 21st century.
He said: “Where we are now, the Dome, something was here before, so now are we going to bring it back and reinstate what was here before?
“Or where the Deji of Akure’s Palace is now, you say that it is a grazing route and we have to remove the palace for grazing route? We can’t do that now.
“Things are changing and there has to be a paradigm shift.
“Ethiopia has about 200 million cattle and you won’t see them on the streets. They are located in the hinterlands designated for grazing.”