The Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, The Afenifere has opposed the statement of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami against the ban on open grazing by Governors in the Southern States of Nigeria.
A statement from the Secretary-General of the Association, Olusola Ebiseni maintains that the declaration of the Governors is legal and not a constitutional matter.
“Contrary to his latest vituperations, the ban on open grazing and movement of animals by foot is not a denial of “freedom and liberty of movement” and does not require the slightest touch of the constitution for the governor to pronounce.”
The statement notes that most states in the southern part of Nigeria already have the anti-grazing law in place.
“For the attention of Malami, most of the states already have laws banning open grazing and the pronouncement of the Governors was merely to give effect to an existing law.”
According to Ebiseni, The Afenifere is backing the southern governors’ position:
“We in the Afenifere support the resolutions of the Southern Governors banning open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in our territory.”
“Those who can cope with the destruction of farmlands and produce by animals and are also permissive of criminality by terrorist herdsmen are free to open their vast lands for such purposes.”
With this statement from Malami, Afenifere says the average Nigerian has lost confidence in the Buhari administration:
“Officials of the Federal Government should be advised that their jaundiced sectarian views are eloquent testimony that the Buhari administration has lost the confidence of the generality of Nigerians.”