A senator of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Francis Fadahunsi has stated that the freedom of movement enshrined in the Nigerian constitution is for human beings and not for cows. Francis stated this while expressing his support to the calls for legislation that would stop the movement of cattle across Nigeria.
You may recall that following the criminal allegations and recent developments involving the Fulani herdsmen in some part of Nigeria, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state had suggested that Nigeria’s National Assembly should consider enacting a law that would stop the movement of cows from the northern part of the country to other parts of Nigeria.
Some senators and politicians across Nigeria have since expressed their support for Ganduje’s suggestion.
According to a report by Punch today, Francis Fadahunsi told journalists on Wednesday that enacting such a law would help government fulfill it’s responsibility of securing lives by preventing conflicts between farmers and herdsmen.
Addressing opinions from some individuals who claim that such a law would be unconstitutional, Fadahunsi said, “This does not contradict the constitution. The freedom of movement is for citizens, human beings and not for cows.”
Francis Fadahunsi is the Senator representing Osun west in the Nigerian senate.