Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, has joined other concerned Nigerians in condemning the Federal Government’s continued push to restore grazing routes for herders.
Switch Nigeria reported how President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed his Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to begin the process of recovering grazing routes that were allocated for grazing of cattle during the First Republic.
In the wake of the President’s comments, human rights activist Femi Falana condemned the President’s move, noting that those grazing routes were available only in the Northern part of the country, not in the South. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo also told the president that he was cuddling with the farmer-herder crisis, instead of dealing with it.
Nigeria doesn’t rank anything near the top ten cattle producing nations, same goes for dairy extracts. Yet in those nations, cows don’t graze.
Chief Gani said the South West Region is against the Federal Government’s plan and that to go against the region’s wish will be “creating unnecessary tension in the region.”
Gani who spoke with The Punch via telephone, told the President’s unpopular policies will do nothing but continue to drive Nigeria to the point of anarchy.
Adams said grazing routes “cannot work because the entire Southern Nigeria has spoken and we are against open grazing; the governors in the region have banned it already and lawmakers have started enacting laws in their state assemblies to ban it.”
“The Federal Government should recognise that we have three tiers of government and should not create an impression that every law is in the hands of the Federal Government. The issue of open grazing should be a state law and a local government law because it is about the security of the state.”
“Open grazing has been constituting security threats and has caused a lot of deaths of citizens and this is giving Nigeria a very bad image before the international community. The Federal Government should go against anything which threatens lives and property of Nigerians. If it encourages anything that will create insecurity, then, those in government have hidden agenda towards Southerners.”
“The Federal Government is driving the country to the point of anarchy and political instability by confronting the southern governors on the ban of open grazing. Open grazing is an insecurity of the highest order in the country.”
“I don’t know why the President is bringing up an old law that was not even reflected in the 1999 Constitution. It is impossible for him to bring it up now. We will take a necessary position if that happens,” he added.