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Open Grazing Ban: Northern Governors Can Ban Spare Parts Business In The North —Malami (Minister of Justice) |RN

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

By Kayode Oyero

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, slammed Southern governors for banning open grazing in the region.

According to the AGF, open grazing ban is the same thing as Northern governors banning spare parts trading in their own region considering the fact that Southerners comprise a majority of spare parts traders in the North.

Malami spoke while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored by The PUNCH.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that about 17 southern governors met on last week in Asaba, the Delta State capital, and resolved to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in the region as some kidnappings and killings in the Southern region have been traced to criminal elements amongst herders.

The governors called for the restructuring of the country along fiscal federalism, devolution of powers and state policing. They also called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address the nation and convoke a national dialogue to address widespread agitations amongst various groups in the region.

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But the governors’ resolution also known as the Asaba Accord has raised dust, especially in Northern Nigeria, with many critics including Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; and Senators Ali Ndume from Borno South Senatorial District, amongst others.

Speaking also on the ban on Wednesday, Malami described it as an illegality.

He said, “It is about constitutionality. Within the context of the freedoms enshrined in our constitution, can you deny a right of a Nigerian? It is as good as saying may be the Northern governors coming together to say that they prohibit spare parts trading in the North. Does it hold water? Does it hold water for a Northern governor to come and state expressly that he now prohibits spare parts trading in the North?”

Continuing, the minister said, “If you are talking of a constitutionally guaranteed right, the better approach to it is perhaps to go back and ensure that the constitution is amended. The freedom and liberty of movement, amongst others is established by the constitution.

“If by an inch, you want to have any compromise, the better approach is to go back to the National Assembly for open grazing to be prohibited and see whether you can have the desired support for the constitutional amendment in that respect but it is a very dangerous position for any governor in Nigeria to think that he can bring about any compromise on the freedom and liberty of individuals to move around.” (Punch)

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Open Grazing Is Not Sustainable — Northern Governors Forum|The Republican News

by Kazeem Tunde

The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) may have been hit by the reality that open grazing is no longer fashionable in modern society.

In a communiqué Tuesday after their virtual meeting on Monday, the forum noted: “The current system of herding mainly through open grazing is no longer sustainable, in view of growing urbanisation and population of the country.”

Consequently, it resolved to sensitise herders on the need to adopt new methods of herding, either by ranching or other acceptable modern methods.

It appealed to the Federal Government to support states with grants to directly undertake pilot projects of modern livestock production that would serve as a springboard for the full implementation of new methods of livestock production.

The governors called on political leaders to isolate criminality and social groups in their domains with a view to treating criminals like criminals.

The meeting presided over by the NSGF chairman, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, condemned every form of criminality whether from herders, hunters or farmers occupying forest reserves illegally.

With the security of the region and the country atop the agenda, the meeting noted with concern the growing wave of insecurity in the country

It noted with concern the tension generated by the eviction order issued to criminal herdsmen in some parts of the country, with threats of reprisals, which the Northern governors were working assiduously to contain.

The forum stressed the urgent need for the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to meet and discuss the issue holistically, to resolve all areas of misunderstanding and conflict arising from threats and suspicion, for the sake of national unity.

“Accordingly, a four-man committee was put in place to be headed by the chairman of NSGF,” the communiqué noted.

It, however, called for restraint from leaders, including those in the southern parts of the country, where passions are high. Also, citizens of the northern part were urged to continue to live in peace with all Nigerians irrespective of their background.

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I’m Working Hard To End Banditry, Kidnappings In North – Buhari Tells Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari

John Ameh, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that he was working hard to secure the country, especially from the hands of the bandits and kidnappers in the North-West.

The President met with the governors of some northern states at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, who were there to discuss security challenges with Buhari and call for more actions by the Federal Government.

The governors were led to the meeting by the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari. They took turns to brief Buhari on the peculiar situation of each state.

Besides Yari, the other governors in attendance were Kashim Shettima (Borno); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); Aminu Bello-Masari (Katisna); and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

The list also included Muhammad Abubakar (Jigawa); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); and Abubakar Sani-Bello (Niger).

Buhari claimed to have a 24-hour watch over the security challenges of the country, assuring the governors that he would not let the nation down.

He stated, “The security of the country is on my mind 24 hours of the day. I get daily and weekly situation reports. I have listened to your brief.

“I will look into your recommendations. I am acutely aware of the situation, but I have learnt more today.”

The President also blamed the situation of today on corruption in the Armed Forces in the past, which he said had left the country with “terrible effects.”

He spoke further, “If you follow the efforts we are making within the system, you will see that we have curbed much of the corruption that is there.

“See the recoveries that we have made – money and landed property. We are not going as fast as we want under the system, but we will keep trying to improve it.”

A State House statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, contained Buhari’s comments at the closed-door meeting.

Although the governors acknowledged the Buhari administration’s efforts in combating Boko Haram in the North-East, they observed that the latest twist in banditry and kidnappings in the North-West did no one any good.

For example, Masari, in an interview with State House Correspondents, expressed concerns over the banditry in the North-West, saying that the governors stressed this at the meeting with Buhari. 

He said, “The issue that brought us to the President is about the rising insecurity in the North-West, North-Central, and North-East.

“North East is known for Boko Haram insurgency, but of recent what was known to be cattle rustling in North-West and some parts of North-Central has turned out to be something different from what we had before.

“So, this concern made us to come and brief the President so that urgent action would be taken in order to curb this deadly menace of banditry, which is graduating into an insurgency. You know the North-West has a vast forest area going to North-Central and then even going out of Nigeria.

“So, we need to act quickly and decisively so that it doesn’t turn into something else like what we had in the North-East.”

The Katsina governor confirmed that District Head of Daura, the President’s home town, who was kidnapped weeks back, had yet to be released. (Punch)

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NGF Pledges To Work With Stakeholders To Register Foreign Fulani Herdsmen Entering Nigeria

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Northern Governor’s Forum, NGF, says it has resolved to work with relevant stakeholders to secure Nigeria’s borders and register Fulani immigrants entering the country to rear cattle.
 
Chairman of the Forum, Gov Kashim Shettima of Borno, disclosed this to journalists at the end of the forum’s meeting in Kaduna, on Tuesday.
 
According to him, the governors observed that most of the herdsmen involved in issues of insecurity are immigrants from Senegal and Mali.
 
“We also mapped out new strategies that would be used by the local Fulani herdsmen to rear their cattle without having to move across the country,” he said.
 
The Chairman emphasised the need for every Nigerian to see security as his or her business, pointing out that the nation would remain backwards if there was no peace.
 
On the indigene/settler dichotomy, the governor said that there was a push by the forum towards national integration and cohesion so that every Nigerian could conveniently settle in any part of the country without suffering any form of discrimination.
 
“Some of the past governors of Kano State, like the late Sabo Bakin Zawo, from Niger, and Ibrahim Shekarau, from Borno, were not indigenes technically, but were assimilated and even attained the highest office in Kano”, he observed.
 
He acknowledged that the country was experiencing lots of challenges, particularly in the northern region, but expressed optimism that things would get better.
 
The joint meeting, which had the northern traditional council of emirs and chiefs in attendance, discussed issues of insecurity, the management of common assets and measures to move the region to greater heights.

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