Senator representing Osun central in the senate, Dr Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is being ill-advised on the existence of grazing routes in the country by the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Basiru, who doubles as the senate spokesman, said that there is no federal law creating grazing routes in any part of Nigeria.
In a statement personally signed by the lawmaker, titled: “No Law Of Grazing Routes In Nigeria: Either North or South”, a copy of which was sent to LEADERSHIP, Basiru opined that modern animal husbandry practices remains the only solution to the saga.
“Further to my earlier comment in my personal capacity, as a Senator Representing Osun Central Senatorial District, on the debate over the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari that the President said he has instructed the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to gazette the law on grazing-routes, I reiterate my earlier position that the President, with all respect, has not received well informed and proper legal advice from his Attorney General and the legal team,” he said.
Basiru noted that as a patriot, a distinguished senator and someone sworn to uphold the Nigerian Constitution and in view of the apparent interest of Nigerians on the subject matter, it was pertinent to make the issues clear.
“Neither in the North nor in the South, is there a law creating grazing-routes either as a state law or federal law. It is rather unfortunate that our President has been misadvised on this matter.
“The Grazing Reserves Laws in some states created from the former Northern Region of Nigeria are deemed to be state laws by Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), having been adopted from the Grazing Reserve Law of Northern Region of Nigeria (NN Law of 1965). For examples, CAP 3 Laws of Kwara State, CAP 56 Laws of Bauchi State and CAP 55 Laws of Katsina State. On the case of these laws, it was expressly stated that they are adopted from Northern Nigeria Laws of 1965. There is no provision for grazing-routes as it is being claimed.