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Southern Govs Give Deadline For Anti-Open Grazing Law Promulgation

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Governors from the southern region of Nigeria have also set September 21, 2021, as the deadline for the promulgation of anti-open grazing law by member states.

The governors made this known in a communique released at the end of their meeting in Lagos State on Monday.

The communique also added that the governors also rejected the 3% clause inserted in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) recently passed by the National Assembly.

However, the governors unanimously chose Lagos State as their permanent Secretariat.

Meanwhile, Nobel laureate and Playwright Wole Soyinka has accused the Muhammadu Buhari government of kidnapping the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Naija News earlier reported that the arrested IPOB leader was on Sunday extradited to Nigeria to face trial after he jumped bail and fled the country in 2017.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Monday, Soyinka alleged that Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped by the federal government.

He added that there would be an uproar in the country if the truth of how Kanu was arrested becomes known.

He said: “It’s not for me to tell the president to prepare itself because it’s going to be a huge squawk when the truth about how Kanu was arrested comes out. People are alleging this or that. That is one phase of whether Nigeria has acted outside international law.

“The second issue, however, has to do with Kanu’s conduct outside the nation. There’s been a level of hate rhetoric which has been unfortunate, from Kanu. Hate rhetoric is an issue that can only be judged by the laws of any nation.

“Was it right ‘to have been kidnapped?’ You can say intercepted as much as you want but I think Kanu was kidnapped. That is wrong internationally and morally.”

Commenting on the reactions that have trailed the swiftness with which the federal government arrested Kanu, the Nobel laureate said the federal government has not shown the same eagerness in going after bandits and insurgents.

He advised the federal government to stop the blame game and take action.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.