Farmers-herders crisis is one of the security challenges government have been trying to resolve. The incessant crisis between farmers and herders has contributed to the food crisis in Nigeria because many farmers could no longer go to their farms due to the problem.
As part of the measures to end the incessant crisis between farmers and herders, the Southern Governors in their meeting held on July 5 in Lagos State gave September deadline for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in the southern region.
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Many Governors in the South have signed the anti-open grazing bill into law which prevents herders from grazing their cattle on open fields.
Angered by the implementation of the anti-open grazing, the Fulani herders under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore threatened to sue the Southern Governors for violating their freedom of movement.
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Miyetti Allah maintained that the anti-open grazing law is a violation of the freedom of movement of herdsmen and threatened to drag the southern Governors to court.
The southern Governors are now set to engage the herdsmen in a legal battle as they insisted that there is no going back on the anti-open grazing law.
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However, available indicators have shown that the southern Governors may likely lose out on the anti-open grazing fight against Miyetti Allah.
Recall that the Federal government had earlier threw its weight behind the herdsmen to sue the Southern Governors on the ground that the herdsmen have freedom of movement which has been violated.
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A recent report by Vanguard Newspaper showed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has maintained his earlier position on the anti-open grazing law by the Southern Governors.
According to the report, Malami stressed that his position was within the scope of constitutional provisions. He explained that his position is about freedom of movement and had made reference to constitutional provisions that established every Nigerian is entitled to freedom of movement.
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Recall that Malami had earlier criticized the Southern Governor over the anti-open grazing law and said the decision is equivalent to prohibiting spare parts trading in northern Nigeria.
The position of the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice showed that the freedom of movement of the herders has been violated by the anti-open grazing law implemented by the Southern Governors.
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The herdsmen have already gotten the support of the federal government to sue the Southern Governors.
All these are indications that if Miyetti Allah proceeds with its threat of dragging the Southern Governors to court, the Governors may likely lose out the fight.
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The ongoing development has shown that Miyetti Allah may likely be favoured in the ongoing fight over anti-open grazing because the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice admitted that it is a violation of the freedom of movement of the herdsmen.
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