The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday said the opposition of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to the ban on open grazing by Southern Governors was wicked and arrogant.
NaijaNewsNow reports that Governors of Southern states had at a meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital ban open grazing of cattle in the south, amongst other decisions.
However, Malami who appeared as a guest on Channels Television on Wednesday, faulted the ban, arguing that the governors had no right to do that.
In his response, Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum, hits back at Malami in a statement on Thursday, insisting that the decision is just final but would be enforced.
Akeredolu, who asked the AGF to challenge the governor’s position on open grazing in court, added that Malami’s comparison of open grazing with the selling of spare parts is annoying.
The statement read in part: “I have just read the press statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Shehu Malami SAN on 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 a response from reasonable people who know the distinction between a legitimate business that is not in any way injurious and a certain predilection for anarchy.
“Clinging to an anachronistic model of animal husbandry, which is evidently injurious to the 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 the loss of lives, farmlands, and property, and engendered untold hardship on 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 banning 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.”