Governor Akeredolu Kicks Against Buhari’s Move For Open Grazing
The Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu condemned the practice of open grazing as directed by President Muhammad Buhari.
The Governor doubted the workability of the system used in the First Republic, insisting that things had changed during an audience reading at a Memorial in Akure on 12 June.
Recall that in an interview on Arise TV on Thursday President Buhari said, Abubakar Malami, the Federal Procurator General and the Minister of Justice. have been directed to start the process to remediate lands from people who converted cattle grazing roads for their own use.
Meanwhile, Gov Akeredolu said that livestock pasture routes do not reflect requirements for 21st century urban and state development.
“Where we are now, the Dome, something was here before, so now are we going to bring it back and reinstate what was here before?” Mr Akeredolu asked rhetorically.
“Or where the Deji of Akure’s Palace is now, you say that it is a grazing route and we have to remove the palace for grazing route? We can’t do that now.
“Things are changing and there has to be a paradigm shift.
“Ethiopia has about 200 million cattle and you won’t see them on the streets. They are located in the hinterlands designated for grazing.”
During the interview, the President also claimed that the AK-47-wielding killer herdsmen are not Nigerians, arguing that Nigerian herders carry sticks or machetes rather than guns.
And with this comment from the President, many Nigerians wonder how porous the frontiers of the nation have grown and how insecurity the country currently has with an indirect admission from the Commander-in-Chief that its government cannot stop criminals entering neighboring countries to cause chaos.