Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has said that there was no grazing route in the state,as lawyers says that the Federal Government lacked the power to dabble into land matters that was within the purview of the state government.
Makinde, while responding to an inquiry by Newsmen through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said on Thursday that he was not aware of any grazing route or grazing reserve anywhere in the state.
He said, “ I am not aware of any grazing route in Oyo State. The Western Region, which gave birth to Oyo State was not known for cattle grazing.
“Rather the leaders of the Western Region set up farm settlements which had spaces for ranches. So, it is not likely that Oyo State, would have made provisions for grazing routes.” ,,
Recall that the President, in an interview with Arise Television on Thursday, said he had directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to bring out a First Republic gazette which marked out grazing routes in all parts of the country.
Similarly, Rasheed Adegoke (SAN) also faulted Buhari. He said, “The statement made by the President referring to grazing routes and the ‘rights’ of herdsmen to open grazing is not well-informed. It is unfortunate that the President is not aware that there is no such law that sustains grazing routes for animals or herdsmen in Nigeria.