Open grazing: Your comment provocative, shut up, Fr. Ehusani tells Malami

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The founder of Lux Terra Leadership centre, Rev. Fr. George Ehusani, has chided the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, for comparing ban on open grazing to prohibition of spare parts.

Fr. Ehusani who spoke on Friday during a town hall meeting to mark 2021 National Dialogue Day in Abuja said such comment from a highly placed government functionary was provocative.

Last Tuesday, southern governors resolved to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot, after a meeting in Asaba, Delta state.

The resolutions of the southern governors have been greeted with mixed reactions from different parts of the country.However, the catholic priest while condemning Malami’s comment said, “The latest of the provocative comments on open grazing came from AGF who compared violent activities of fulani herdsmen to sales of vehicle or motorcycle spare parts. 

“I think some should tell those who speak or work at the Presidency to shut up if they don’t know what to say on vital issues.”

Rev. Fr. Ehusani who is the Executive Secretary of Lux Terra leadership crntre also described the World Dialogue Day as a day set out to highlight the importance of engaging humanity in discussing issues of importance.

Also speaking, a social commentator, Barr Mainasara Kogo Umar, condemned what he described as “biased analogy” put forward by the AGF on open grazing and stressed the need for qualified individuals to be appointed into positions of government adding, “how do you compare violent activities with people who creatively earn a living?” 

One of the panelist, Dr Goke Adegoroye, said urged Nigerians to always speak out about issues and every sphere of the society.
He said, “We should not be afraid of talking because the implication of not talking could be worst than talking. Even in the family, talking between husband and wife is very important.

“Look at what just happened in the middle east where lives were lost. Ceasefire has been called so that there will be talk, how come those concerned didn’t begin with talk so as to avert the incidences that led to loss of lives and property.”

On the crisis arising due to alleged activities of herdsmen in various parts of the country, Dr Adegoroye said, “When you move from your domain to other people’s domain, it’s imperative to learn and respect the culture or custom of the area, hence the saying, do unto others what or how you expect others to threat you.”

In their separate speeches, two panelists Hauwa Abbas and Uju Obuekwe enjoined Nigerians to hold leaders at grassroots accountable as well as engage in meaningful dialogue a vital way to resolve conflicts.

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, spoke of the need for constituted authorities to be accountable, responsible and responsive to the yearning of the Nigeria’s populace.