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Southern govs meet in Lagos



Open grazing tops agenda

GOVERNORS of the southern region are today holding a meeting in Lagos on the state of the nation.

  The meeting which is holding eight weeks after the governors met in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on May 11, 2021, would further assess decisions taken in Asaba on the open grazing ban, restructuring, fiscal federalism and the call for state police.

  According to impeccable source, the meeting will take far-reaching conclusions on issues of restructuring Nigeria, and calls for state police.

  Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have begun receiving the governors at Alausa, Ikeja, the venue of their meeting as early as 10.00am.

  Recall that the governors in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting in Asaba, banned open grazing as part of moves to address killings and kidnapping by herdsmen.

  But a few days after the meeting, the presidency faulted the ban on open grazing. The Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had in a statement questioned the legality of the governors’ position.

  “It is equally true that their (governors’) announcement is of questionable legality, given the constitutional right of all Nigerians to enjoy the same rights and freedoms within everyone of our 36 states (and FCT), regardless of the state of their birth or residence.” Shehu said in a statement.

  Also, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, slammed the southern governors for banning open grazing.

  Some of those at the meeting include Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; and Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

 Others include, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

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