Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has described as unconstitutional and a political suicide strikes by the Federal Authorities to help herders who’re planning to problem the anti-open grazing regulation in court docket.
Falana mentioned this whereas reacting to a press release by Umar Gwandu, the Particular Assistant (Media) to the Legal professional-Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that the Federal Authorities helps strikes by herders to sue the Southern Governors over the anti-open grazing payments they lately signed into regulation of their respective states.
Falana mentioned the choice of the Federal Authorities to take sides within the dispute between the herders and the Southern Governors is a “constitutional aberration and political suicide”.
He added, “Particularly, it’s a gross violation of Part 17 of the structure which offers that the Nigerian individuals are entitled to equal rights and alternatives earlier than the regulation and Part 42 thereof which has prohibited the Federal Authorities from conferring benefit on any group of residents.
“Accordingly, the sources of the whole Nigerian folks can’t be dissipated on defending herders towards state governments.”
He additional mentioned the alliance between the herders and the Federal Authorities was at variance with the Nationwide Livestock Transformation Plan of the federal government which had adopted ranching.
“In defending the herders within the case, the Federal Authorities will definitely run into critical contradictions having made out there the sum of N6.2billion to Katsina for ranching; the Federal Authorities won’t be permitted to show spherical to embrace open grazing. The court docket won’t enable the Federal Authorities to approbate and reprobate on the similar time,” he mentioned.
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