[BREAKING] Sanwo-Olu meets with 16 Southern governors in Lagos to discuss the open grazing ban.

Written by on July 5, 2021

The PUNCH has learned that Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has begun hosting 16 of his colleagues from Southern Nigeria.

The governor came to Alausa, Ikeja, for a discussion on the state of the country.

The summit will take place eight weeks after the governors convened on May 11, 2021, in Asaba, Delta State’s capital. At the meeting, the governors will discuss the open grazing prohibition, restructuring, fiscal federalism, and the request for state police that were made in Asaba.

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), and Adegboyega Oyetola are among the early birds at the conference (Osun).

Other members include Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Diri Duoye (Bayelsa), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Ben Ayade (Cross Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Ife (Oyo).

In a communiqué released at the conclusion of the conference in Asaba, the governors prohibited open grazing as part of efforts to resolve herdsmen’s killings and kidnappings.

The prohibition on open grazing, however, was criticized by the Presidency a few days after the conference. “It is equally true that their (governors’) announcement is of questionable legality, given the constitutional right of all Nigerians to enjoy the same rights and freedoms within every one of our 36 states (and FCT), regardless of the state of their birth or residence,” Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.
Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, criticized the southern governors for prohibiting open grazing.

Open grazing bans, according to the AGF, are the same as Northern governors prohibiting spare parts trading in their own territory, given that southerners make up the bulk of spare parts dealers in the North.

During a taped television appearance in June, President Obama endorsed Malami’s position, saying he had instructed that grazing routes be restored.

Details will be provided later…

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