Miyetti Allah threatens to sue as Lagos, Ondo pledge to defend open grazing law
Lagos and Ondo state governments have said they will defend the anti-opening grazing law in court if the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association follows through on its threat to take states to court. .
Some southern states, including Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and most recently the Delta and Ogun states, have signed the anti-open grazing bills and are are committed to applying the laws to the letter.
In Ogun, for example, pastoralists are given a six-month grace period before it becomes illegal for cattle ranchers to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their cattle for grazing.
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group, while reacting to the passage of the law in the southern states, described it as “satanic” and “politically motivated”, adding that it would sue governors for the law. .
The group’s national secretary, Selah Alhassan, said Sunday PUNCH that the legal paperwork was underway and that the governors who had signed the “hate” bill would hear from their lawyers.
He said: “I think such laws are not meant to bring peace to our nation because they are hateful, politically motivated and satanic. We don’t see any good in such laws. While they are there, God will not allow them to succeed, for these shepherds are innocent. They are also victims of insurgencies. I see the government playing politics with all of these things, and politics is not working for them. It’s a process, not a one-man flow.
He also called on the federal government to step in and “call these governors to order (sic) before they destroy the economy because they want to make laws.”
“We are all Nigerians, so we call on the federal government, especially the President and the National Assembly, to step in and warn these governors because we cannot destroy an economy because you want to make laws. If you enact anti-open grazing laws in Lagos, are there any cattle grazing in Lagos? These cows that you see in Lagos are for sale. States like Lagos, Rivers, Bayelsa and, to a greater extent, Ogun, do not need to have anti-open grazing laws; what they have to do is regulate their slaughterhouses and their cattle markets. But, when you band together and create laws against an economic group, you won’t get anything. ”
Reacting to Miyetti Allah’s decision to challenge the anti-open grazing law in court, Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotosho said the state government was ready to defend the law.
Omotosho, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the law was the product of due diligence with the interests of all relevant stakeholders taken into account.
He said, “They are free to challenge the law. It is their right. I do not know what they have against the law and the basis of their challenge. But the courts are there to decide such questions.
“It is a law made to clean up a dirty space and the interests of Miyetti Allah and everyone were taken into account before the law was made. Due process was followed; there was a hearing. public, there have been consultations. The law is strong and well made. If they serve us, we will be there to defend it.
Likewise, Ondo State Information and Guidance Commissioner Donald Ojogo said no one was prevented from challenging the law.
He said: “The reason for the creation, existence and even the indispensable nature of courts in any society is for situations like this.
“Any legal effort is not reasonably worthy of being sufficient; yet all deserve a place in the tribunal. They are therefore free to challenge the law. Even the governors of the south had advised anyone who strongly opposed the anti-grazing law to go to court. ”
Meanwhile, the Ogun state government has said it would be preventative to respond to Miyetti Allah’s threat to challenge the passage of the anti-open grazing law in court.
State governor Dapo Abiodun on Thursday signed the anti-open grazing bill passed by the state assembly in August.
The chief press secretary of the state governor, Kunle Somorin, in his laconic reaction on Saturday to one of our correspondent’s text messages, wrote “It’s preventive”.
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