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Open Grazing: Read What Femi Falana Advised Southern Governors To Do
Southern governors following the incessant conflict held a four hours meeting in Asaba on Tuesday. The governors of 17 states in Southern Nigeria have resolved to ban open grazing of cattle in their states.
They “affirmed that the people of Southern Nigeria remain committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economic development and prosperity.”
The Southern governors, therefore, resolved “that open grazing of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria; noted that development and population growth has put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the South. Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the South (including cattle movement to the South by foot).”
However, the Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said Southern Governors may be wasting their time if they expect President Muhammadu Buhari to act on their resolution.
Falana, speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, commended the governors for banning open grazing in the 17 southern states of Nigeria.
He, however, urged them to back their ban with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
“I have read the resolutions. For me, the Governors have done very well. They need to mobilise their northern colleagues. They need to walk their talk, because if you expect the presidency will act on this resolution, the governors may be wasting their precious time.
“Each of the governors will have to make enabling laws to translate the decision in the communiqué to legal instruments,” Falana said.
Falana added that the resolutions have come at the right time and “the governors have now formally joined the campaign for restructuring”.
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