The governors of the 17 states within the southern area will on Tuesday meet once more in Lagos State as a follow-up to their May 11 assembly in Asaba, Delta State, the place they thought-about and concluded to implement the ban on open grazing.
SaharaReporters learnt that the assembly will likely be hosted in Ikeja by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu amidst the Presidency’s menace that the open grazing ban was not democratic and shouldn’t be allowed to remain.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, additionally reportedly confirmed that the parley would deliberate on insecurity, true federalism, open grazing, state police, restructuring, and meals safety, amongst others.
The assembly would additionally talk about the aftermath of the Asaba gathering to evaluate if any significant success was made.
But a serving member of the House of Representatives, who didn’t need his identify in print, disclosed that northern lawmakers are watching the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, intently and wouldn’t hesitate to provoke an impeachment movement towards him if he tries something they understand to be towards the curiosity of their area.
It could be recalled that the governors, on the final assembly, which was hosted by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and attended by 15 of the 17 Southern governors, arrived at a 12-point decision, which included the banning of open grazing of cattle in all of the states.
Following the May 11 assembly, the Presidency days later criticised the Southern Governors’ Forum over its ban on open grazing within the area, saying their announcement “is of questionable legality.”
The Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in his attribute defence of the rampaging herdsmen, had said that the presidency discovered “no solution offered from their (Southern Governors’ Forum) resolutions” to the incessant herder-farmer clashes that had plagued the nation for years.
He had mentioned, “The President had permitted a variety of particular measures to carry a everlasting finish to the frequent skirmishes as really helpful by Alhaji Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture in a report he submitted and the President signed off on it again in April, effectively earlier than the actions of the Southern Governors Forum which makes an attempt to put a ban on open grazing and different acts of politicking meant by its signatories to reveal their energy.
“It could be very clear that there was no resolution supplied from their resolutions to the herder-farmer clashes which were persevering with in our nation for generations.
“But the residents of the southern states – certainly residents of all states of Nigeria – have a proper to anticipate their elected leaders and representatives to seek out solutions to challenges of governance and rights, and to not wash their fingers off exhausting selections by, as a substitute, issuing bans that say: ‘not in my state’.