Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has responded to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), saying the decision of the Southern Governors Forum to ban open grazing in their states will be enforced with vigour.
Malami had on Wednesday, during a live interview on Channels Television, likened the ban on open grazing by the Southern Governors Forum to a ban on sales of auto parts by Northern Governors, noting that the move was unconstitutional.
Reacting to this statement, Akeredolu expressed disappointment that the AGF could not distill issues as expected of a senior Advocate.
He said: “This outburst should, ordinarily, not elicit response from reasonable people who know the distinction between a legitimate business that is not in anyway injurious and a certain predilection for anarchy.
“Clinging to an anachronistic model of animal husbandry, which is evidently injurious to harmonious relationship between the herders and the farmers as well as the local populace, is wicked and arrogant.
“Comparing this anachronism, which has led to loss of lives, farmlands, and property, and engendered untold hardship on the host communities, with buying and selling of auto parts is not only strange, it annoyingly betrays a terrible mindset.”
Akeredolu dared Malami to approach the court to challenge the legality of the Laws of the respective states banning open grazing and the decision of the Southern Governors Forum taken in the interest of their people.
“The decision to ban open grazing stays. It will be enforced with vigour,” he stressed.