Senate Spokesman Calls for Malami’s Sack over Comments on Open Grazing
- Says AGF’s stance less dignifying of his office
By Deji Elumoye
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, has chided the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami over his ‘less than dignifying’ argument of equating open grazing with Southerners selling spare parts in the North.
He has therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, without further delay, relief Malami of his position as the nation’s number one law officer.
Basiru who spoke in his personal capacity on Thursday said “it was not dignifying of the status of the Nation’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice to make such remarks”
According to him, equating the activities of archaic nomadic herdsmen destroying peoples means of livelihood with others legitimately carrying on businesses by selling spare parts in their shops stand logic on its head.
He noted that the Attorney General of the Federation might have forgotten that Nigeria is a federal system with the state governments empowered to make and implement laws for the peace, order and good government of or any part of their respective state.
He said: “This power is derived from the Constitution, which with the Land Use Act, vested on the Governors the management of all land within the territory of the state.
The lawmaker challenged the AGF to cite relevant sections of the constitution which allowed the herders to trespass on other people’s land and destroy the crops in the guise of freedom of movement, adding that AGF’s comment is less than patriotic.
He observed that the quest to promote unity and prosperity of Nigeria was the utmost responsibility of government and actions of persons in authority must be seen to protect the corporate existence of Nigeria, adding that the primacy of this onerous responsibility cannot be over emphasized in the face of rising tensions along ethnic/regional fault lines that have damaged national unity.
The Osun Central Senator stressed that the statement credited to the Attorney General is one capable of derailing the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria and therefore called for the immediate removal from office of the AGF saying anyone who cannot rise above primordial sentiments and pursuit of parochial ethnic agenda need not occupy position of trust especially at this time of sectional agitations.
“This kind of statement has made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of Nations and in fact they ridicule the administration of President Buhari. These statements are not giving hope to those at the receiving end of the activities of the herdsmen.
He therefore advised those who have no meaningful contributions to national discourse operating on the basis of equity and justice to keep quiet and stop rubbishing the Buhari-led APC government.