While referring to the order given to the AGF by the President to hunt for the gazette of the First Republic which has open grazing routes in it, Ifedayo Adedipe a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) has this to say: “The 1979/1999 Constitution is in use, there is no provision for grazing routes. What we have is the Land Use Act where the lands are vested with the Governors.”
Norrison Quakers, SAN, said the President’s insistence on foisting a law that pertains to a section of the country on Nigeria was a call for anarchy.
According to him: “If indeed he is trying to enforce a law that applies to a section of the Nigerian society on the whole country, then that law is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution. This is calling for anarchy and chaos.
“If you recall, Justice Thompson of the Oyo State High Court, some years back declared open grazing in the state unconstitutional and no court has been able to oppose that decision.”
A lawyer, Dr. Ikpenmosa Uhumuavbi, on his part said: “The President’s comments, however well intentioned, loses sight of shifting trends in societal evolution. To start with, the legal status of the gazette the President mentioned must be examined against the provisions of the Land Use Act.
“Any attempt by the Federal Government to encroach into state authority for the compulsory acquisition of land will offend the letters of the Land Use Act. The President should save the country from possible ethnic clashes resulting from land disputes.”
Yet another, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), while speaking on the President’s interview, stated, “Although, the President has asked the Attorney-General of the Federation to look for the gazette that created those grazing routes in the First Republic, I believe that the practice of open grazing is archaic and I am eager to see the end of it.”