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Court Affirms Right Of States To Enforce Anti-Open Grazing Law

This should be a lesson to Southern leaders and Governors and even followers who must begin holding leaders accountable.

If Governors keep sycophantically accepting the dictates of Northern leaders plus their illiterate and archaic herder groups like Miyetti Allah, instead of acting
to challenge the regressive status quo and protect their people, how will they know what is possible and what can actually be delivered to better the lives of their people and move their respective States forward to the glory of Nigeria?

The judge, in her conclusion below, is clearly chastising State Governors to go and act as they already have the power to do rather than be wasting the time of the court with frivolities.

Southern Governors should stop being cowards and political slaves to begin putting their people first not Buhari or what pleases the President and his regressive cabal consisting the likes of Malami, Pantami etal.

We don’t need excuses from Governors anymore. It is clear they are being cowardly and perhaps playing to the gallery because the direction of the Judge is one other legal experts available to Governors could have pointed out.

Governors should enforce the law as they have the legal right to do and damn the FG and executive arm of Governance. Nigeria is bigger than the FG with personnel, like Buhari and Malami, that will come and go.

Court affirms right of states, police to enforce anti-open grazing law

May 20, 2021

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday affirmed the right of Nigerian states to implement anti-grazing laws in their domains.

This position weakens that of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who had said such a ban is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of movement enshrined in the nation’s laws.

The court indicated this when it rejected a suit seeking to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security agencies to enforce the Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranching Law of 2017.

In her judgment delivered during virtual proceedings, the judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
The judge, in the judgement, also said the enforcement of the anti-grazing law having been validly passed by the Benue House of Assembly, for instance, “lies with the state government”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the judge, in dismissing the suit, said the matter is not justiciable, implying that it is not a matter that a court of law can adjudicate on.

‘It’s matter of misconduct not triable by court’

For her, the matter of the enforcement of the law borders on the issue of non-compliance with the oath of office and misconduct which the National Assembly is empowered to deal with.

“In my view, the courts do not have the jurisdiction to entertain any suit bordering on compliance with the oath of office of the president for the reason that it is not justiciable.

Source:- Premium Times

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