President Buhari Approves The Return Of The Open Grazing Practised During The 1st Republic, Where Herdsmen Used Designated Grazing Routes To Move Their Cattle All Around The Country, Orders AGF Malami To Recover All Lands Involved

President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Thursday, in an exclusive interview with ARISE TV, asked the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to begin the process of recovering lands from persons who have converted cattle grazing routes for their personal use, as he gave the approval to the return of the open grazing practised during the 1st Republic, where herdsmen used designated grazing routes to move their cattle all around the country, Page 36 learnt.

The President said that the grazing routes were designated in the 1st Republic, when “Nigerians used to obey laws”, but those routes have now been converted.

He was reacting to a question on the decision by the 17 Southern States Governors to ban open grazing in their region.

Recall, that the AGF had kicked against the declaration by the Governors, adding that, it was like Northern Governors banning spare part trading in their region.

When asked if he agrees with the AGF’s position, President Buhari responded: “You want me to contradict my Attorney-General?

“What I did was ask him to go and dig the gazette of the 1st Republic when people were obeying laws. There were cattle routes and grazing areas. Cattle routes were for when they (herdsmen) are moving up country, north to south or east to west, they had to go through there.

“If you allow your cattle to stray into any farm, you are arrested. The farmer is invited to submit his claims. The khadi or the judge will say pay this amount and if you can’t the cattle is sold. And if there is any benefit, you are given and people were behaving themselves and in the grazing areas, they built dams, put windmills in some places there were even veterinary departments so that the herders are limited. Their route is known, their grazing area is known.

“But I am telling you, this rushing to the centre (sic) so I asked for the gazette to make sure that those who encroached on these cattle routes and grazing areas will be dispossessed in law and try to bring some order back into the cattle grazing.”

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