Activist and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana says he is in support of the resolution of the southern governors to ban open grazing in their territory.
Falana, speaking on Wednesday when he featured on ‘Politics Today’, a programme on Channels TV, implored the governors to provide legal backing to their resolution, adding that waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari’s support on the decision may be a wasted effort.
On Tuesday, 17 governors of southern states reach a resolution to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in the domain.
Reacting to the development, the senior advocate for Nigeria (SAN) asked the governors to “walk their talk” by converting their resolutions into legal instruments.
“I have read the resolutions and, for me, the governors have done very well. They need to mobilise their northern colleagues,” he said.
“They need to walk their talk because if you expect that the presidency will act on this resolution, the governors may be wasting their precious time.
“Each of the state governors will have to make enabling laws to translate the decision of the communiqué to a legal instrument.”
The human rights lawyer also supported the call of the southern governors for the president to address Nigerians, saying the citizens will want to hear directly from President Buhari.
Regarding restructuring, Falana said the governors have officially joined the campaign, adding that the calls for separation are due to result of the refusal of the federal government to address concerns for restructuring.
The renowned lawyer also noted that the ban on open grazing is in the interest of the herders, saying that night and under-aged grazing should not be permitted in any part of Nigeria.
“In order to secure the lives and properties of every citizen in every state in the country, open grazing, night grazing, and under-aged grazing should no longer be allowed in the country,” he said.
“If we look at it, it is also in the interest of the herders.”