Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights lawyer, asserts that the Federal Government’ s intention to assist herders who want to fight the anti- grazing law in court is not only illegal, but also political suicide on the part of the federal government.
According to a report by The PUNCH, Dr. Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant to the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said the Federal Government supports herders’ efforts to sue Southern Governors over anti- open grazing legislation they recently signed into law in their respective states.
The Federal Government’ s decision to intervene in the dispute between the herders and the Southern Governors was described as ” constitutional aberration” and ” political suicide” by the activist, who was referring to the Federal Government’ s decision to intervene in the dispute between the herders and the Southern Governors.
He further included that, ” Specifically, it is a gross violation of Section 17 of the constitution which provides that the Nigerian people are entitled to equal rights and opportunities before the law and Section 42 thereof which has prohibited the Federal Government from conferring advantage on any group of citizens.
” Accordingly, the resources of the entire Nigerian people cannot be dissipated on defending herders against State governments. ”
The collaboration between herders and the federal government, in his opinion, is diametrically opposed to the National Cattle Transformation Plan of the government, which has adopted ranching as a way of livestock production.
” In defending the herders in the case the Federal Government will certainly run into serious contradictions having made available the sum of N6. 2bn to Katsina for ranching, the Federal Government will not be permitted to turn round to embrace open grazing. The court will not allow the Federal Government to approbate and reprobate at same time, ” he disclosed.
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