Anti-grazing law is a violation of the constitution – Group
Dr. Ahmed Jibril, coordinator of Right Without Violence, a coalition of legal practitioners in Nigeria made the assertion today in Zaria, Kaduna state.
According to Dr. Ahmed, both states (Benue and Taraba) should be held responsible for the upsurge in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farming communities which has led to unwanted destruction of lives and properties.
“Our survival as a nation is at stake. We cannot sit down helplessly and watch. Federal Government must take urgent steps to avert bloodshed in Nigeria. Fulanis are bonafide citizens of Nigeria and they have the right to live anywhere in Nigeria just like any other Nigerian.
“We shouldn’t allow Nigeria to be like Rwanda, Burundi or Liberia, where ethnicity threw them into prolonged crisis, because a house divided against itself cannot stand. The signing of anti-grazing law by Benue and Taraba States is dangerous and total violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The two states should be held responsible for the loss of lives, which their reckless action caused,” he said.
He urged the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to take urgent steps in bringing the mayhem to a permanent halt.