Abubakar Malami, Nigeria's Attorney General and Justice Minister.

The ban on open grazing by Southern state governors has been described as illegal by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.

Seventeen state helmsmen from the South-West, South-East and South-South geo-political zones had met last week Tuesday and proscribed open grazing, saying it was causing food insecurity among others in their respective regions.

But featuring on Channels Television, Mr Malami said the action violated the rights of Nigerians on freedom of movement enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

“It is as good as saying the northern governors come together to say that they forbid spare part trading in the North,” the justice minister explained, refusing to akin the ban on open grazing to the destructions of alcoholic beverages in some Northern states who, despite banning the sales and consumptions of the liquor, take part in the share of VAT accruing thereof.

He advised the state governors to approach the national assembly for amendment of the constitution if they so wish to prohibit open grazing.

“Does it hold water? If you’re talking of a constitutionally guaranteed right, the better approach to it is to go back to ensure that the constitution is amended,” Malami advised.

2 Remarks

  1. It pitiful that at this junction and in this century, our national discus is on some ones private bussiness .
    If at any point the spare part dealer starts to impede on the collective wellbeing of their host community, you will do well to ban and stop their activities.

  2. It’s unfortunate that Abubakar Malami, a very senior lawyer and the attorney general of this great country is ignorant on this matter by comparing it with motor spare parts business. Does the motor spares dealers destroy other inhabitants’ businesses where they reside? Now we can see how myopic the people Buhari took a whole 8 months to appoint into various positions in land are. Abubakar Malami does not seem to understand that he is the attorney general of the Federation of Nigeria; he sees himself as the AGF of section of the country. I keep asking but there seems to be an answer in sight; how did we get here?

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