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Senate calls for Malami’s sack over open grazing comment

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Ajibola Basiru, has called for immediate removal of Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami from office over reckless comment on open grazing.

Appearing on Channels Television on Wednesday, Mr Malami had faulted the decision of the southern governors banning open grazing in their states, saying it does not align with the provisions of the constitution.

Reacting, Mr Ajibola, in a statement he signed on Friday, claimed that Mr Malami’s comparison of banning of open grazing in the southern part of the country to possible banning of Auto Spare Parts selling in the Northern States, is a serious threat to the unity of the country.

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According to him, by such statement, Mr Malami is unfit to continue as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

Mr Ajibola, who is a Senator representing Osun Central, added that Mr Malami’s statement was one capable of derailing the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria.

He, therefore, called for the immediate removal from office of the AGF.

“Anyone who cannot rise above primordial sentiments and pursuit of parochial ethnic agenda need not occupy the position of trust especially at this time of sectional agitations,” Mr Ajibola said.

“It was not dignifying of the status of the Nation’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice to make such remarks.

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“Equating the activities of archaic nomadic herdsmen destroying peoples means of livelihood with others legitimately carrying on businesses by selling spare parts in their shops stand logic on its head.

“Perhaps, the Attorney General of the Federation forget that Nigeria is a federal system with the states government empowered to make and implement laws for the peace, order and good government of or any part of their respective state.

“This power is derived from the Constitution, which with the Land Use Act, vested on the Governors the management of all land within the territory of the state,” the senate spokesperson added.

“I challenged the AGF to cite relevant sections of the constitution which allowed the herders to trespass on other people’s land and destroy the crops in the guise of freedom of movement. Your comment is less than patriotic.

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“The quest to promote unity and prosperity of Nigeria is the utmost responsibility of government and actions of persons in authority must be seen to protect the corporate existence the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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