The Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has warned the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, against utterances likely to set Nigeria aflame.
Edwin Clark, leader of PANDEF, gave the warning while issuing a statement to newsmen, adding that the President lacked the executive power to impose open grazing on state governments.
He added that his people, the Niger Delta has watched in disbelief as the Presidency and a group of jihadists keep threatening the rest of the country with the latest being the threat issued by a group of faceless anarchists who issued a warning to the Delta State Government and Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to withdraw, within 72 hours, the decision against open grazing which was taken by the 17 governors of the south.
Clark said, “The decision on open grazing and other decisions taken on national interest by the 17 Southern Governors received the full support of the people of Southern Nigeria, particularly the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo of the South-East, PANDEF of the South-South and the Afenifere of the South-West.
“The President has no power or authority to impose open grazing on state governments. Such illegal action which is a breach of the 1999 Constitution, will not be accepted and will be legally resisted at all costs.
“Therefore, any law banning open grazing by state governments is not only legal and binding but is unchallengeable and binding on any person or group of persons, including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“We will no longer tolerate hate and divisive statements targeted at deriding and insulting others, from these Fulani’s who believe Nigeria is exclusively theirs and other Nigerians are their subjects, and not their fellow citizens