Anti-Open Grazing: EL-Rufai’s attack on Southern govs devious, a hysteric ploy to externalise banditry ― Akeredolu
The Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has lambasted the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on his position that the anti-open grazing law promulgated by some southern governors is not implementable.
Akeredolu described el-Rufai’s attack on Southern governors as devious and a hysteric ploy to externalise banditry, saying the statement credited to Kaduna State governor showed that el-Rufai belongs to a class of an unenvianle ilk masquerading as leaders.
Akeredolu, in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said there is no wisdom in condemning the ban on open grazing, saying those who have nothing evil to perpetrate have nothing to fear as regards the law.
The Ondo State governor, however, maintained that the anti-grazing law has come to stay in the state and shall be zealously guarded and conscionably deployed to protect all residents of the state.
He, however, said if indeed the Kaduna State governor made such statement as reported, he said El Rufai is only seeking to encourage anarchy under the guise of resentment of law by affected stakeholders.
Akeredolu statement read: From all indications, Governor Nasir el-Rufai if he was properly quoted and his views not misrepresented, is struggling hard to export banditry to the South under an expressed opinion that is laced with mischief.
“In these days and times, anyone who makes statements such as that allegedly made by the governor belongs to a class of an unenvianle ilk masquerading as leaders.
“There is no wisdom in condemning/banning open grazing, prohibiting inter border movement of cattle in the North, including Kaduna, with an accompanying disapproval of a Law that gives bite to same, in another part of the country.”
He said “Perhaps, it is apt to state clearly that the likes of Governor El-Rufai are already in a hysteric ‘mode’ of escalating and indeed, externalising banditry, especially as the military onslaught against criminal elements and other terror variants suffices in the North.
“For emphasis, any such comment like that of the Kaduna Governor, if indeed he made that statement, merely seeks to encourage anarchy under the guise “of resentment of a Law by affected stakeholders.
“In order words, it is a cleverly crafted path towards replicating in the South, the most despicable situation in the North that Nigerians of goodwill daily pray to overcome. It’s a ploy beyond the ordinary.
“It must, however, be noted that the Anti-Grazing Law, especially in Ondo State, has come to stay.
“It shall be zealously guarded and conscionably deployed to protect all residents of Ondo State, notwithstanding their ethnic and religious biases. Those who have nothing evil to perpetrate have nothing to fear as regards the law.”
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