Buhari can’t impose open grazing on states – PANDEF Chief

Buhari can’t impose open grazing on states – PANDEF Chief
Chief Edwin Clark

The Pan-Niger Delta Forum has again warned the Federal Government against conducts and utterances capable of making the already bad security situation in Nigeria worse than it is.

Elder statesman and leader of PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, gave the warning at a media briefing in Abuja, on Monday.

He condemned any law banning open grazing by State Governments and stated that the President has no power or authority to impose open grazing on State Governments.

Clark noted that the latest being the threat issued by a group of faceless anarchists who issued a warning to the Delta State Government and Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to withdraw, within 72 hours, the decision against open grazing which was taken by the 17 Governors of the south.

The elder statesman said, "The decision on open grazing and other decisions taken on national interest by the 17 Southern Governors received the full support of the people of Southern Nigeria, particularly the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo of the South East, PANDEF of the South-South and the Afenifere of the South West.

"The President has no power or authority to impose open grazing on State Governments. Such illegal action which is a breach of the 1999 Constitution, will not be accepted and will be legally resisted at all costs.

"Therefore, any law banning open grazing by State Governments is not only legal and binding, but is unchallengeable and binding on any person or group of persons, including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

"We will no longer tolerate hate and divisive statements targeted at deriding and insulting others, from these Fulani's who believe Nigeria is exclusively theirs and other Nigerians are their subjects, and not their fellow citizens.

"We are reacting because this is not the first time Fulanis and their collaborators have insulted our people. It will be remembered that sometime in 2009, a legislator from Kebbi State in the National Assembly asked the federal government to resettle the people of the Niger Delta in another territory to create a conducive and unhindered atmosphere for the oil companies to operate.

"That we warn, the resulting consequences will be very unpleasant to them. The federal government has continuously condoned them and behaving as if the federal government is the one giving support to these Jihadists and the Miyetti Allah because what is happening today in Nigeria, which has resulted in unprecedented insecurity and bad governance, will be worse, if they are not called to order by the federal government within the shortest time possible."

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