State Government of Ondo, Enugu, Benue, Delta and Akwa Ibom, cross rivers state had faulted the President Muhammadu Buhari over his statement about cow routes gazette.
State governments said this during interviews that the open grazing ban remain intact despite that the president is not approving it.
Recall that, Southern governors forum at a meeting in Asaba, made a conclusion and open grazing ban was enacted to redress incessant fight and killings among herdsmen and farmers.
But was faulted by Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Court of the nation, comparing it to ban on sale of spare parts in the North region.
The president also directed, Malami to produce a cow route gazette, which expressed routes for cow in all parts of the country.
Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State Governor and chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum responding via his Chief Press Secretary, Olise Ifeajika, said that the state had not been created as at 1963, so the gazzette marking out cattle routes cannot function.
He said “Whether Buhari, wants it or not,we the South Governors habe made up our mind on open grazing ban and nothing will change our decision”.
Mr Akin Olotu, the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Agriculture and Agric-business, in Ondo State also said that there wasn’t any existing Buhari cow gazzette route in the Ondo state, and they will stand by the decision of southern governors forum on open grazing ban.
He stated, “We don’t have them in their records,.those days they were referring to were gone, with the current population of Nigeria ? It is not feasible.
Also, Mr Charles Titiloye, the Attorney-General, Commissioner for Justice in Ondo state, stated that he has vever heard if any cow gazette route in the state.