Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the state of Ondo declared that the anti-open grazing law is here to remain.
Despite Miyetti Allah’s claim that members would not accept any anti-open grazing policy in the country, Akeredolu, the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, signed the Anti-Grazing Bill into law.
Nevertheless, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai reacted by declaring that the anti-open grazing law of the southern governors is not able to be implemented.
The law, Akeredolu told El-Rufai, is here to stay.
Akeredolu said while speaking through the state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo. He said;
“There is no wisdom in condemning/banning open grazing, prohibiting inter border movement of cattle in the North, including Kaduna, with an accompanying disapproval of a law that gives bite to same, in another part of the country.
“For emphasis, any such comment like that of the Kaduna Governor, if indeed he made that statement, merely seeks to encourage anarchy under the guise of resentment of a Law by affected stakeholders.
“It’s a ploy beyond the ordinary. It must, however, be noted that the Anti-Grazing Law, especially in Ondo State, has come to stay. It shall be zealously guarded and conscionably deployed to protect all residents of Ondo State, notwithstanding their ethnic and religious biases. Those who have nothing evil to perpetrate have nothing to fear as regards the Law.”