Herdsmen Should be Treated Like Businessmen In Onitsha, Alaba - Senator Adamu

Date: 14-09-2021 9:26 am (1 week ago) | Author: kacy lee
- at 14-09-2021 09:26 AM (1 week ago)

Senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Abdullahi Adamu has called on the Federal Government to treat herdsmen like the way it’s treating businessmen across the country.

Senator Adamu, who is a former governor of Nasarawa State, made this call while speaking at a media parley with Senate Press Corps in Abuja on Monday.

According to him, the uproar in Nigeria over herders was needless because they are also Nigerians who should be safeguarded by the government at all levels.

The lawmaker also asked the government to make public funds available for the headers so that they won’t go astray in the course of pursuing their legitimate duty.

This government has a duty like the way its treating businessmen in Alaba, Onitsha, Kano, and Port Harcourt to treat herdsmen too because they are Nigerians. These provisions are public funds. They are not from the private fund of any governor or senator. The funds are from the treasury of this country and every Nigerian has a stake in that treasury.

“So the government has a duty to find a wherewithal to make it possible for herdsmen not to go astray in the course of pursuing his legitimate duty,”
Senator Adamu said.

Abdullahi expressed disappointment at how Southern governors are legislating on anti-open grazing law, saying that the right to movement of herders were being inhibited.

“When I read the meeting of southern governors and the issue of open grazing and how they kicked against it and threatened to make law against it. I replied them in a manner that you recalled.

“I believe as governors, as members of the executive, operating in the different tier of government, they have a constitutional responsibility, the constitution upon which they take an oath of office.

“One of the fundamental rights there is every Nigerian, no exception. Every Nigerian has a right of free movement. Every Nigerian has a right to pursue a legitimate business. Right of association is enshrined in the constitution. You cannot under any pretence take away these rights.

“I don’t know under any condition which government can say, yes, we can take away this right. When they came up with this, I was wondering. First and foremost, a week earlier before the meeting the governors had here in Abuja and there was no such announcement like that. I was taken aback when I read about their meeting in Asaba,”
he said.

Headers Right Can’t Be Taken Away By Governors
Responding to questions that anti-grazing law was gaining traction in the North, he said: “I still stand by that. The fact that one or two governors in the North have said something like that does not take away the right of herdsmen.

“The question here is nature has closed vacuum. You can’t build something on nothing. The duty to protect herdsmen and farmers rest squarely on the national government, State Government and the Local government administration.

“The question here is, has the government done what it is supposed to do to protect Nigerians who are in that calling, in that profession and in that trade? The answer is no and you cannot blame the person who is desperately looking for means of livelihood.
“However, this does not excuse somebody who is pursuing his right from doing harm to somebody’s right. I must be very clear on this, a farmer has right to farm, if you dare carry your cattle and and damage his farm crops, he has right to make claims in the Court of law. That’s the law as I understand it.

“So, it doesn’t matter. If the whole Northern governors make the same pronouncement that the Southern governors did, that doesn’t shake my fundamental position on this. Government owes herdsmen a duty to protect their calling and I dare repeat that if you go to Wuse Market here, you will see how many infrastructure have been provided by the FCT and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) like water, and electricity. These are for Nigerians. These herdsmen are Nigerians.”

Posted: at 14-09-2021 09:26 AM (1 week ago) | Addicted Hero
- constigoldo at 14-09-2021 10:00 AM (1 week ago)
Which Onitsha?  Is Onitsha their country home?  They should go back to their country home.
Posted: at 14-09-2021 10:00 AM (1 week ago) | Gistmaniac
- olowoinlionsden at 14-09-2021 10:30 AM (1 week ago)
Methinks Freedom of Movement does not include Going Equipped to disrupt other peoples livelihood..
Posted: at 14-09-2021 10:30 AM (1 week ago) | Gistmaniac
- marijuanaa at 14-09-2021 11:16 AM (1 week ago)
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Mtchwww nonsense
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- luckingto50 at 14-09-2021 11:19 AM (1 week ago)
Brain dead Senator reasoning like a snail. Yes, we agree other tribe leave in another states and they leave peacefully with there host community without causing any havoc unlike your marauding Fulani herdsmen going about killing, rapping and killing there host community with impunity.
Posted: at 14-09-2021 11:19 AM (1 week ago) | Upcoming
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- fineboy77 at 14-09-2021 11:56 AM (1 week ago)
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Freedom of movement is for Nigerians, not cows. Fulani people can move about in any part of the country, as long as they dont move with their cows. That right didnt extend to animals. I know how you will react if a southern pig rearer moves his or her pig all over the northern part of the country. Ordinary alcohol na wahala for una.

Posted: at 14-09-2021 11:56 AM (1 week ago) | Hero
- gogoman at 14-09-2021 04:55 PM (1 week ago)
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Posted: at 14-09-2021 04:55 PM (1 week ago) | Addicted Hero
- maizaxx at 14-09-2021 07:31 PM (1 week ago)
I can't believe I'm reading this rubbish.
I want to ask you a straightforward question, "please when, where and how much did thr government supported the businessmen of Alaba to succeed to the level they are now?"
Please I suggest you don't suggest what will cause more dissention than it is already is.
Posted: at 14-09-2021 07:31 PM (1 week ago) | Gistmaniac
- SWORDMAN at 14-09-2021 08:25 PM (1 week ago)
infact i had to stop reading before this bastard is provoking me... well i dont blame him because the headers are working for them.
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