The Nigerian Senate has called on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to resign immediately.
The Senate made the call in a statement on Thursday through its spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru (APC-Osun).
Recall that Southern Governors had in a meeting in Asaba, Delta, ban open grazing in the region while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a national summit.
But speaking in an interview with Channels TV, Malami said the resolve to ban open grazing by southern governors is equivalent to prohibiting spare parts trading in the north.
According to the AGF, the decision of the governors does not align with the provisions of the constitution and “does not hold water”.
He said: “It is about constitutionality within the context of the freedoms expressed in our constitution. Can you deny the rights of a Nigerian?”
Reacting, Senator Basiru accused Malami of “rubbishing” the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said equating the activities of nomadic herdsmen destroying peoples’ means of livelihood with others legitimately “carrying on businesses by selling spare parts in their shops stands logic on its head”.
“Anyone who cannot rise above primordial sentiments and pursue a parochial ethnic agenda need not occupy a position of trust especially at this time of sectional agitations,” he said.
“It was not dignifying of the status of the nation’s attorney-general and minister of justice to make such remarks.
“Those who have no meaningful contributions to national discourse operating on the basis of equity and justice to keep quiet and stop rubbishing the Buhari-led APC government.
“This kind of statements have made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of Nations and they ridicule the administration of President Buhari. These statements are not giving hope to those at the receiving end of the activities of the herdsmen.”