The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is under fire for criticising the open grazing ban in the Southern region of the country.
We had earlier reported that the AGF compared the open grazing ban to northern governors banning spare parts trading in their own region, considering the fact that the majority of spare parts traders in the north are from the south.
Malami had said, “It is about constitutionality. Within the context of the freedoms enshrined in our constitution, can you deny a right of a Nigerian? It is as good as saying maybe the Northern governors coming together to say that they prohibit spare parts trading in the North. Does it hold water? Does it hold water for a Northern governor to come and state expressly that he now prohibits spare parts trading in the North?”
However, some Nigerians, who took to their Twitter handles, said there is no justification for the Attorney-General’s comments. They can not see how the Constitution allows others to trample on the rights and freedom of other people.
@dozzyalili tweeted, “Do they sell spare parts trading in your private property and homes? They pay every single facility they use for spare parts including your taxes and levies. How much of that do herdsmen do?”
Another user @crownz2gud pointed out that spare part dealers do not ruin farmland or carry arms.
“They rent shops, pay rent and tax legitimately,” the user tweeted.
“Does spare parts trading destroy other people’s properties?” @eedopkpa asked.
@drlukmanAtijani also asked, “How many times have any spare parts sellers used their business activities to destroy the lives of others?”
@nnamdi2much wondered if cows are citizens of Nigeria, “Does stopping open grazing and destroying other people’s farms violate the rights of cows or humans?
@samajboss247 pointed out that the cow business has destroyed people’s farmlands and crops. “So tell us how the spare part business in the North is affecting other businesses?,” the user asked.
“To even think we are fighting and killing each other in Nigeria over cows is terrifying,” @archico1 tweeted.
“How can people revere a cow so much that they can do or say anything just to elevate the status of a cow?” @realkingkuroo asked.