Governors Disagree As Presidency Backs Malami On Open Grazing Ban

The Presidency has faulted the Southern Governors Forum’s recent decision to ban open grazing and other resolutions reached at their meeting, dubbing them “acts of politicking intended by its signatories to demonstrate power.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the Presidency’s position in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari okays deep rooted solutions to herdsmen attacks, clears way for ranching and revival of forest reserves.’

Recall that Southern governors at their recent meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, as part of measures to address insecurity in the region, banned open grazing and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, described the ban as unconstitutional.

On Monday, while Buhari’s media aide, Shehu, backed Malami, the Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, again faulted the AGF.

Shehu, in  his statement, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed a strong resolve to address the conflicts of herders and farmers in a sustained and lasting manner that should lead to the emergence of a permanent solution to the frequent clashes between them, as well as the associated problem of the gun-wielding killer herdsmen.

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