Open Grazing Reserves: Nigerian Senate Tackles Malami For Misinforming Buhari


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Open Grazing Reserves: Nigerian Senate Tackles Malami For Misinforming Buhari


Dr. Ajibola Basiru, the spokesman of the Nigerian Senate, has yesterday, Wednesday the 16th of May 2021, dismissed President Muhammadu Buhari’s comments on grazing routes, insisting that the Nigerian president was wrongly informed about the laws on grazing routes in any part of Nigeria.

Basiru made this known, in a statement he personally signed and captioned, “No Law of Grazing Routes in Nigeria: Either North or South”.

In his statement, Basiru stated that no such grazing law exists any longer.

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Basiru further added, that the law on grazing reserves, which was recognized as a state law in the 1999 constitution, actually stated that it was criminal, to graze animals openly.

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Basiru stated that Buhari and the ruling government should looking into taking up modern animal husbandry such as ranches and modern grazing reserves, rather than chasing after a law that no longer exists.

Basiru had earlier rejected Buhari’s move to reintroduce of grazing routes in Nigeria.

WeetalknaijaBlog can recall, that the 17 southern governors placed a ban on open grazing in the region, following the meeting they had concerning the matter in Delta State.

Buhari in an interview on Arise TV, while rejecting the ban, had called on states to revive cattle grazing routes across the country.

Buhari had further revealed, that he had instructed the Nigerian Attorney General, Abubakar Malami to recover land from citizens, who had turned the cattle grazing routes to their personal use.

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Basiru in an interaction with a media house recently, had expressed regret, over the legal advice Buhari was receiving from Abubakar Malami.

Basiru stated, that the gazette Buhari referred to was a product of a decree made in northern Nigeria in the 1960s, and not binding across the country. Basiru further insisted that the Land Use Act which is recognized by the constitution, had rendered the gazette void.

The Osun Central Senatorial District Senator who holds a doctoral degree in property law, insisted that Buhari should put the interest and demands of Nigerians into consideration, and ignore the wrong advice given to him.

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Basiru expressed his regrets, that the President has been misadvised on the matter.


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