Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that the Federal Government cannot stop states from implementing the anti-open grazing law.
The Minister of Defense, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (Rtd), had on Tuesday called for the suspension of the law in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti State.
Reacting on Wednesday, the governor said it was the right of the State Houses of Assembly of the federating units to make laws for the smooth running of their states.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said there was no going back on the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Ekiti State.
He said: “The President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government is acting as if there is more to its opposition to the ban on open grazing by some States than it is telling Nigerians.
“Those who are genuinely interested in peace and unity of Nigeria know that anti-grazing law is not responsible for killings across the country by herdsmen because herdsmen have killed more people even in States where the law is not in existence.
“Rather, it is the federal government’s refusal to act decisively on pure security issues that has emboldened the killer herdsmen to even go about attacking military formations and police stations.
“It is also interesting that this same federal government told Nigerians last year that most of the herdsmen carrying out attacks across Nigeria are foreigners. Is the Minister of Defense telling states to suspend their laws in the interest of foreigners that are killing Nigerians?”
“In January, this same Minister of Defense blamed the passage of anti-open grazing law in some states as the cause of the recent killings by herdsmen in some of the states. Yesterday again after a security meeting with President Buhari, the Defense Minister was still singing the same song. Is there something to this old system of nomadic cattle rearing that they are not telling Nigerians?”