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Grazing reserves: You’re calling for civil war – HURIWA warns Buhari


…..Southern Govs must resist President – Omokri


Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), on Friday, warned of an impending civil war in the country, over what it described as President Muhammadu Buhari’s grazing reserves for his kinsmen.

Former Aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri told Southern Governors to resist the President on all fronts, over the 368 grazing reserves.

Buhari had during the week, approved ‘with dispatch’ a review of 368 grazing sites across 25 states in Nigeria, this HURIWA has described as an inevitable invitation to civil war.

The group has now demanded that Buhari perish the ‘illegal and toxic’, idea, adding that except the President is nursing an agenda to destabilize Nigeria.

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The human rights advocacy group said this in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.

The group wondered how President Buhari is bent on coercing native peoples to surrender their ancestral lands to his kinsmen- Fulani herdsmen.

The rights group also accused the President of having favoured his kinsmen since 2015, when he assumed office and failing to arrest and prosecute suspected armed Fulani herdsmen who have allegedly killed over 6,000 Nigerians since 2015.

“This is the first time in over 60 years of Nigeria’s independence that Nigeria is foisted with a fatalistic administration whose head of executive arm is doing everything outside the law to arm-twist other ethnicities just so, the President’s kinsmen are awarded the ancestral lands for their private commercial business of grazing cattle,” HURIWA noted.

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The rights group, therefore, asked Buhari to desist from taking steps and doing things that will plunge Nigeria into a long drawn civil war.

HURIWA further accused Buhari of breaching his Constitutional oath of office, which prohibits him from using his office to confer an unlawful advantage on his people, due to pedestrian reasons.

HURIWA dismissed the directive of President Buhari on the so-called grazing sites as an unmitigated unconstitutional act given that the extant Land Use law governing land administration, gives the ownership of landed assets in each state of the Federation to the State government.

HURIWA said: “For the avoidance of doubts and from the abundance of scholarly submissions, Mr. President should note that the Land Use Act, enacted in 1978, was meant to standardize land administration systems across the country.”

On his part, former Aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, said Southern Governors must resist President Muhammadu Buhari’s order for the review of 368 Grazing Reserves in 26 states.

Omokri said Buhari lacks the power to order such a review; hence, Southern Governors should resist it.

In a series of tweets, the former Presidential Aide urged Southern Governors to learn from Southern Kaduna.

According to Omokri: “I urge every Governor in Southern Nigeria to resist today’s order by General Buhari for a review of 368 Grazing Reserves in 25 states.

“He has no power to do that under Nigeria’s law. Any Southern Governor foolish enough to accept that should look at Southern Kaduna.”

Buhari had approved recommendations of the Committee for a review of 368 grazing sites in Nigeria.

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The reserves cut across 25 States and the review will determine the levels of encroachment.

The directive followed his approval of the report of the team chaired by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.

The Committee proposed the collection of field data on the 368 reserves to assess encroachers, as well as Stakeholders engagements and sensitization.

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