Akeredolu slams El-Rufai over opposition to anti-grazing law

Akeredolu slams El-Rufai over opposition to anti-grazing law

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has slammed his Kaduna colleague, Nasir El-Rufai over comments on the anti-grazing laws being signed by some Southern Governors.

1st News learned that El-Rufai had registered his opposition to the anti-grazing law, saying it is unrealistic.

However, Akeredolu, via a statement issued on Wednesday, September 22, by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said such a statement should not have come from a leader.

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In the statement titled, ‘Anti-open grazing: El-Rufai’s attack on southern governors devious, a hysteric ploy to externalise banditry’, Akeredolu reiterated that the anti-open grazing law, especially in Ondo State, had come to stay, saying, “It shall be zealously guarded and conscionably deployed to protect all residents of Ondo State, notwithstanding their ethnic and religious biases.

The statement read, “From all indications, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, if he was properly quoted; and his views not misrepresented, is struggling hard to export banditry to the South; under an expressed opinion that is laced with mischief.

“Perhaps, it is apt to state clearly that the likes of Governor El-Rufai are already in a hysteric ‘mode’ of escalating; and indeed, externalising banditry, especially as the military onslaught against criminal elements; and other terror variants suffices in the North.

“For emphasis, any such comment like that of the Kaduna Governor, if indeed he made that statement; merely seeks to encourage anarchy under the guise of resentment of a law by affected stakeholders.”

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government have proposed a new revenue sharing formula for the three tiers of governments; saying states should be getting a lump share of 50 per cent.

Dr. Nkem Okeke, Deputy Governor of Anambra, made the position of the state known at the opening session of a sensitization exercise; organised by Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) on Wednesday, September 22, in Awka.

Okeke, who represented Governor Willie Obiano, said it will be proper for states to be receiving 50 per cent; Local Governments 30 per cent while 20 per cent should go to the federal government.

He explained that the suggestion was due to enormous work being done by states and local governments; especially when compared to that done by the Federal Government.

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