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Tinubu, Others Declare Support For Open Grazing Ban, Make Demands

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other party leaders from the southwest have declared support for the ban on open grazing.

The leaders declared support for the policy declaration by the southern governors on the ban of open grazing in their region.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of their meeting on Sunday held at the Marina house in Lagos.

Naija News reports the meeting was attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande, South-West APC governors, and other leaders.

Apart from declaring support for the ban on open grazing of animals, the leaders also called for the practice of true federalism in Nigeria in terms of resource and power control.

“We hold to the view that true federalism where more power and resources are allocated to the states will be an essential part in strengthening society and improving democratic governance so that we beat the present challenges but also engender durable peace and security.

“True federalism and the reallocation of resources and authority that comes with it will empower the states to solve localized issues before they spread and transform into national ones. In addition to mitigating political competition for control of the national government, greater federalism will empower grassroots economic development and political reforms that will stand as bulwarks against the terrorism and criminality now experienced in too many parts of the nation. A hallmark of this enhanced federalism will be the establishment of state police forces.

“We endorse the position of the Southern Governors taken at their May 11, 2021 summit in Asaba, Delta State, regarding ranching. We do so because such a decision will lessen tensions between farmers and herders while also helping the long-term economic viability of both the farming and herding communities,” the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, a total of 90 persons have been declared wanted by the federal government of Nigeria for violating COVID-19 travelling directives.

Those declared wanted include 63 Nigerians and 27 foreigners, Naija News reports.

They were declared wanted in a statement on Sunday night by the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

According to the statement, the travellers are from India, Brazil and Turkey and they now constitute dangers to public health.

The travellers violated the directive which mandated travellers from any of the countries, or who had visited any of them 14 days prior to arrival in Nigeria, to undergo a compulsory arrival quarantine and testing protocols.