The senior special adviser to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, yesterday said the Buhari- led administration would not interfere in issues to do with the proposed grazing routes and cattle colonies.
Enang, who was the keynote speaker at a programme organised by the Buhari Media Support Group and Coalition of other Buhari/Osinbajo Support Groups, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari only has power over land in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“Only governors and LGA chairmen can allocate land to people in states,” Enang said. “That is the reason the president will always call on governors to deliberate when it comes to issues of land.
“Under section 51 of the Land Use Act, the federal government cannot legitimately interfere in the grazing question except in the security angle because of the constitution and the law.”
The presidential aide further criticised those he accused of circulating fake and malicious information to the e ect that there is a subtle reintroduction of the o shore, onshore dichotomy to the detriment of litoral states whose major share of derivation component is from o -shore oil, describing such people as mischief makers.
On why the president is not quick at responding to security matters, Enang said there were several matters that the president needed to study very well before reacting.
“The government will be credited for a solution and not talking,” he said.
Also speaking, the coordinator of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) in Abuja, Umar Shuaibu, said the group had been winning elections since 2003 but that the results had always been manipulated. “Under Buhari, no one will rig the election. Everybody can write a letter but we are after Buhari’s achievement. The projects currently ongoing under Buhari never took place in the last 16 years,” he said.
The chairman, Buhari Support Group, Austine Braimoh, said members deemed it necessary to encourage Buhari to contest the 2019 election.
“This is the auspicious time to encourage Buhari to o er himself for another four-year term,” he said.
On his part, the president of the Nigeria Youth Council, Comrade Murtala Mohammed, urged President Buhari’s government to do more to enlighten the youths, adding that most of them are not aware of the empowerment programmes of his government due to lack of publicity.
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