Anti-Open Grazing Law: Buhari/Osinbajo gives conflicting solution to herders/farmers crisis

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday night disagreed on a proposed sustainable solution to end the farmers/herders clashes.

The communal clash reported to have claimed 3,641 lives in the past three years have received both local and global attention.

While the President argued that the state governors should have assisted to revive the grazing routes which according to him, was taken-over by influential Nigerians, his Vice, Osinbajo maintained that the National Economic Council (NEC) had agreed on ranching and grazing reserves.

 

Both candidates contesting under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) spoke in Abuja during a live show programme, ‘The Candidate’, organised by Daria Media, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), in collaboration with PLAC and the MacArthur Foundation, to respond to contending national issues and unveil their plans ahead on the 2019 general election.

The candidates were subjected to serial questions regarding the slow pace of prosecution and judgement on corruption cases, alleged rising injustice in the military on the part of officers at Boko Haram forefront, the 2019 election among other issues of interest to ordinary Nigerians.

Question from an audience read out by Kadaria Ahmed, the anchor to the discussion programme sought to know the President’s plan on finding a permanent solution to the herders/farmers killings.

Reacting to the herdsmen crisis, Buhari blamed the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom for initiating the anti-open grazing law in the state, such that prevented the pastoralists from easy access to water and pastures.

“What happened started from Benue State and it was unfortunate. We, the federal government foresaw it. I asked the minister of agriculture and rural development to go to the archives and find out the heads from the First Republic where that incredible leadership, there was cattle routes and grazing areas, dams and veterinary clinics but some important personalities encroached the cattle routes, the grazing areas and if a herder and his 200 cattle push ahead wherever their way to the water, they will just go through there…….”

“We already started and we want to ask, especially the Governors, the movement is from north to south and its quite predictable. After the harvest, the cattle will move Southward for water and pasture and then our borders….”

The President argued further that, “…when structures were tampered with, in terms of cattle routes and grazing areas, it is very difficult. We have sent these things back through the ministry of agriculture and rural development to the governors so that we can create these corridors.

“But for a government like Benue governor who they said they have banned cattle rearing and banned grazing, we are in the same country and I expect our governments to insist on the routes to be re-established in the grazing areas but to say that cattle cannot move is very difficult. Benue is complaining, but I heard they are already in Bayelsa from there are they going to the Atlantic?” he queried.

Meanwhile, in the Fact Check conducted by the ICIR, over President Buhari’s true public position on the anti-open grazing law, the report revealed verifiable evidence where the President was being persuaded to support the law as part of measures to reduce conflicts in Benue State.

In a statement recently issued by his aide on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he claimed that President Buhari had insisted on the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue which was not entirely true.

But while observing trajectory of President Buhari’s arguments over the matter, Osinbajo swiftly interjected narrating efforts and the current position of the NEC over the issue.

He shared parts of the Livestock Transformation Plan where it was agreed that willing State governors would provide land for the development of ranches as a service to the pastoralist including construction of earth dams.

“Part of the plan that the NEC laid out is called the livestock transformation plan. All the governors in the frontline states are also involved in this and I think that one of the important points that emerged is to ensure that there is a need for us to create some access to grazing areas.

“I think that is the point Mr. President is trying to make,” he added.

He cited that wherever cattle are, there should be access to a ranch, earth dams, water among others. Thus, whichever state that is willing would pull resources together to build ranches or grazing areas where the pastoralists would pay appropriate fees and return to the north thereafter.

“That was an interim phase. As time goes on, we will eventually be able to stop grazing from one place to another but that will take time,” Osinbajo stated.

Reacting to perceived misconceptions that President Buhari is biased due to his clear passion for the livestock, Osinbajo emphasised inability of the federal government to determine activities of the states, stressing that the states do have right to pass a law on the use of their lands.

The VP further identified desertification as the major cause of the crisis between farmers and herders, with clear attribution to climate change.

To address the lingering crisis, which he, (Osinbajo) agreed was getting worse, he listed the Great Green Wall project as federal government policy designed to mitigate the impacts of desert encroachments as well as efforts to recharge the shrinking Lake Chad.

However, an investigation conducted by The ICIR revealed that the said great green wall project was not doing any better but more of wasted efforts due to poor community ownership and corruption.

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Party Thugs Cut Others With Matchet As Political Party Supporters Engage In Violent Clash

There was a serious clash between the supporters of opposing political parties in Ogbomoso Area of Oyo State.

 

Consequently, one person has been hospitalised after some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and Action Democratic Party (ADP) clashed in Ogbomoso area of Oyo State. The incident, which occurred Tuesday evening, saw several members of the two political parties sustained various degrees of injuries.

It was gathered Thursday morning that the fight between members of the two parties started around 6 pm at Okelerin area in Ogbomoso North local government area of the state and left several members of the two parties injured. It was learnt that one of the members of the ADP, Mr. Lati Kilani who sustained machete cut injuries on his head and other parts of the body has been hospitalised and receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Ogbomoso.

Chairman of APC in Ogbomoso North local government. Mr Bukola Badmus ,while narrating the incident told journalists that the incident occurred around 6 pm after the party held a rally in the area. He said, “We held a rally in some areas in Ogbomoso and after the program ended some of our members were attacked by ADP chieftains in Okelerin in Ogbomoso.

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“Some of our members was machet by the ADP thugs and while others were trying to challenge them they launched proper attack and some people were injured too. Already they are not comfortable with the way some of their former members moved into APC because most of where they considered as their stronghold have been captured by APC, so they are not happy and they are trying to cause crisis and scare people away from participating during the election.

“We have reliably gathered that the ADP people are planning to launch serious attack on members of APC and PDP in Ogbomoso because they consider us as threat to the chances of their candidates.”

But, a member of the state House of Assembly and ADP chieftain, Hon. Bimbo Oladeji said that it was the APC that launched an attack on some of their party chieftains and members at Okelerin area around 6 pm on Tuesday.

Oladeji said further that the attack was targeted at the person of the gubernatorial candidate of the party and former governor of the state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala and his entourage.

She said that, “APC considered ADP a threat to their manipulation in Ogbomoso and Oyo State as a whole.”

She disclosed further that Lati Kilani a member ADP sustained machete cut injury and he is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Ogbomoso.

 

 

 

 

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I promised to tackle corruption but now I can’t; I need your help – Buhari

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has appealed to Nigerians that have evidences against corrupt persons in his government to make it available. Buhari was reacting to the allegations that his government’s anti corruption war shielded members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The President was asked why the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal, and other persons in his government have not been persecuted inspite of the fight against corruption. Buhari said that the onus was on the person making allegations to provide evidence why the accused should be prosecuted.

The President said: “That is not fair criticism of the government. I don’t think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in the last dispensation which we looked the other direction. I told you why I have to be careful and the public should help us, if there are strong allegations that is backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated, contracts awarded, then we take them before the courts through EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people in as we did during the military and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi party democracy does not approve that. If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted, So, if there is strong allegations, the government may decide to ask people to go like the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation we asked him to go. The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC.” he stated.

President Buhari also said he is yet to receive the Disability Bill from the National Assembly.

He said that his administration has done a lot in addressing insecurity , especially the Boko Haram in the North East.

“When this administration came in, Boko Haram was holding on to 17 local governments in the North east. At this moment they are not holding any. They have only resorted to attacking soft targets. The best you can get about this administration in terms of fighting Boko Haram is that people are being returned to their various homes, which was not the case before.

Buhari said that he was concerned when security personnel were being shortchanged. He advised the media to do their thorough research on issues related to insecurity.’’

He said his government is concerned about the welfare of security personnel especially those rendered disabled in the course of defending the country.

He made the appeal while answering questions during a live TV programme tagged ‘The Candidates’, anchored by Kadaria Ahmed. The Programme is sponsored by MacArthur Foundation and NTA.

Come And Answer For Your Sins, Imo APC Orders Adams Oshiomole As Crisis Engulfs The State Faction Of The Party

Fresh crisis is about to erupt within the All Progressives Congress both at the national level and at the state level and this time in Imo State.

The Imo State chapter of the  All Progressives Congress was plunged into a fresh crisis on Wednesday as a factional chairman of the party in the state  Chief Dan Nwafor announced the indefinite suspension of the leader of the APC National  Working Committee-backed faction Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo.

Speaking at a press conference in Owerri, Nwafor said  Nlemigbo was suspended over alleged anti-party activities.

He also alleged that the chairman of the caretaker committee appointed by the NWC to replace his executive had not attended APC meetings in his Ezinihitte ward in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state in the last one year.

Nwafor said the suspension followed due process.

He said, “It started from  a  letter of suspension from his Ezinihitte Mbieri ward in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.”

He said the State Working Committee affirmed Nlemigbo’s suspension in accordance with the party’s constitution.

Describing members of the caretaker committee as impostors, Nwafor said he would not be distracted by the development.

He also said the party had commenced a contempt proceeding against the National Chairman of the party Adams Oshiomhole.

He said the suit was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Nwafor, who accused Oshiomhole of working against the success of the party, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to monitor the activities of the former Edo State governor.

He said Oshiomhole had no power to dissolve the executive body he is leading and appoint a caretaker committee because they were duly elected.

Nwafor said the action was contemptuous because there was an existing court judgement barring Oshiomhole from dissolving his executive.

He said, “The National chairman had no power to arbitrarily dissolve a duly elected APC executive in Imo State and appoint a purported caretaker committee.”

Nwafor also said the caretaker committee had no power to summon  Governor  Rochas Okorocha and five others to appear before a “purported disciplinary committee”.

He said only his executive body had the right to set up a disciplinary committee and ask anyone to appear before it.

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Buhari On Babachir: We Only Asked Him To Go Because There Was a Serious Allegation, Not Because There Was Any Evidence Against Him

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has just stated the reasons why he fired the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and relieved him of his duties.

Mr Lawal was sacked in 2017 following the recommendation of a three-man panel headed by Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, which investigated the allegation against the former official.

He was alleged to have awarded contracts worth N500 million through the Presidential Initiative on North-East, a rehabilitation programme under his office, to a company in which he had interests.

Speaking on Wednesday at a town hall meeting, tagged: “The Candidates,” organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja, Mr Buhari said he terminated the appointment of Lawal because the allegation against him was a strong one.

The president stated this while responding to questions on why the oust SGF was seen campaigning for his re-election instead of being behind bars for the crime he allegedly committed.

Buhari said unlike during the military regime, he has to be careful not to arraign those accused without evidences.

“That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction,” he said.

“I told you why I have to be careful.

“The public should help us.

“If there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded, then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people, in as we did during the military, and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi-party democracy, does not approve of that.

“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted.

“So, if there is strong allegation, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go.

“The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC,” the president said.

Buhari who said his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, advised those making allegations to be able to provide evidence why those they are accusing should be prosecuted.

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Just In: Nigerians Urges The Presidency To Examine Dispassionate Responses To The Debate On Social Media Platforms

Despite what appears to be Mr. President’s less-than-average performance at the Town Hall Meeting, however, there were regular loud cheers and clapping from a section of the audience, even when His Excellency wasn’t coherent enough for his audience to process his answers.

It is advisable for the Presidency to examine dispassionately Nigerians’ responses to the debate on social media platforms if that will afford Mr. President the opportunity to know what his citizens think of him and his administration and make adjustments as necessary.As the camera occasionally beamed on the audience, the countenance of ministers and presidential aides left no one in doubt that they were concerned about the performance of their Chief Executive.

President Muhammadu Buhari struggled to answer the routine questions that the moderator of the first edition of Town Hall Meeting, Kadaria Ahmed, posed to him and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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The Vice President regularly came to the defence of his principal, which prompted Ms Ahmed to, at some point in the debate, urged Osinbajo to allow Mr. President to answer his own questions.

Though the series was put together to afford presidential candidates and their running mates the opportunity of informing the electorate of their plans for the country ahead of the February 16 presidential election, Mr. President’s outing leaves much to be desired in that regard.

As the head of government, most of the questions were, understandably, directed at Buhari. The first question — Why do you want to re-contest? — met with a: “I’ve said it before that if my party nominates me, I will contest.”

After belabouring it for a long time, he rounded off where he should have started from, how he has delivered on his three main electoral promises. Were the President subjected to time restriction.

The Daura-born retired general adopted his unique style of starting from the most irrelevant point while answering many other questions.

When Ms Ahmed turned to Osinbajo the first time and asked if he had anything to add to the reason his boss gave for seeking re-election, he appeared reluctant, perhaps so as not to create a wrong impression about his boss.

The first law in Robert Greene’s book,The 48 Laws of Power, must have crossed his mind: Never Outshine the Master. But he appeared to have, at the end of it all, as the VP provided the much-needed fillip to make the session worth the efforts and investment.

End Of The Road: I Have Ordered EFCC To Charge Babachir Lawal To Court, Buhari Reveals

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President, has stated why he relieved Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, of his duty.

Mr Lawal was sacked in 2017 following the recommendation of a three-man panel headed by Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, which investigated the allegation against the former official.
He was alleged to have awarded contracts worth N500 million through the Presidential Initiative on North-East, a rehabilitation programme under his office, to a company in which he had interests.Speaking on Wednesday at a town hall meeting, tagged: “The Candidates,” organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja, Mr Buhari said he terminated the appointment of Lawal because the allegation against him was a strong one.The president stated this while responding to questions on why the oust SGF was seen campaigning for his re-election instead of being behind bars for the crime he allegedly committed.Buhari said unlike during the military regime, he has to be careful not to arraign those accused without evidences.“That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction,” he said. I told you why I have to be careful.The public should help us. If there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded, then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people, in as we did during the military, and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi-party democracy, does not approve of that. If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted. So, if there is strong allegation, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go.The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC,” the president said.Buhari who said his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, advised those making allegations to be able to provide evidence why those they are accusing should be prosecuted.

 

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Governor El-Rufai Declares That The Northern Region Is Very Ready For The Restructuring Of Nigeria

The burning issue of restructuring Nigeria has brought some top leaders of the country together to rub minds on how best to achieve the desired goal.
The Vice President, Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo, governors of Kaduna and Oyo states, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Abiola Ajimobi respectively and other prominent Nigerians yesterday stressed the need for the country to be restructured to overcome myriad of problems confronting it as a nation.
 
Speaking at the event, Governor El-Rufai stated unequivocally that people of the northern part of the country were ready to embrace restructuring which has dominated public discourse for quite a long time. He spoke in Ibadan while presenting a keynote address at the Bisi Akande colloquium with the theme “Nigeria: Achieving National Unity Through Peaceful Restructuring”, held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. el-Rufai, who  emphasised that the view was personal said: “The coincidence of the mind-set of most of the military leaders being of Northern origin must not be confused with that of the ordinary Northerner.
 
I want to state here and now, that not only is the North ready, willing and able to embrace inclusive restructuring of our polity, but to add that those that speak loudly against it represent no one. Most of them have never held elective offices, and therefore do not appreciate that the North with its natural endowments stands to be the biggest beneficiary of restructuring.” At the colloquium which formed part of the activities marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Bisi Akande, el-Rufai maintained that restructuring was an important matter, despite efforts by certain sections of the nation’s elite to trivialise it.
 
 
 
“With all sense of responsibility, I believe some Nigerians have made a career and livelihood around “restructuring” without deep thought, or a clear plan or implementation strategy. For them, it is a tool to alienate rather than convert our compatriots to the nation-building imperative that restructuring offers. Rather than the hard graft of solving our governance problems, this group would rather grab headlines and mouth sound-bites at opportunities like this. You can almost sense that this people actually dread restructuring becoming public policy, having succeeded in living off a serious national imperative for so long. We must be mindful of this class of people”, he added.
 
 
Also speaking on restructuring, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who also threw his weight behind restructuring, noted that for it to be successful it should not be made to pass through the National Assembly, but should be pursued through the law courts. He made allusion to Lagos State and the old Western Region led by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo saying, “the most important thing to bear in mind when talking about restructuring is that all of us have stressed the gains of restructuring. When we are talking of restructuring, we should look at it that it is achievable through the court system. The only way that has succeeded so far is the one done in Lagos under Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. In the court of law using the same constitution we have today, we can get it done through the court.
 
 
Also complaining or agitation will not help, we need to go and contest these issues in the court of law.” Governor Ajimobi said, the  celebrator, “Chief Akande, best captures the essence of restructuring in one of his addresses entitled: ‘Devolution of Powers and National Restructuring’, which he delivered at the APC-USA Second Annual Convention held in Washington DC, in October, last year. He cautioned that mere sloganeering on restructuring without any clear definition, peaceful and workable strategy is an invitation to chaos.
 
However, he noted further that making appropriate amendments to the 1999 Constitution for equitable re-arrangement and redistribution of existing local government areas and states must precede restructuring. “In other words, Chief Akande was reminding those that have turned the clamour for the geo-political restructuring of Nigeria into a mere political slogan to consider the basic prerequisites for undertaking such a fundamental expedition before setting the country on a journey with no clearly defined destination. Restructuring goes beyond sloganeering. It should be rooted in conviction and clearly stated path to achieving the objective.”
 
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EPIC! See How Nigerians Went Into Frenzy And Amaechi’s Facial Reaction To President Buhari’s Replies During Live Interview That Has Got Everyone Talking

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, appeared at the presidential town hall meeting, tagged The Candidates and Twitter users are less than pleased with the performance of the president.

The Candidates was moderated by Kadaria Ahmed. Questions came in from members of the audience as well as from social media.

Questions ranged from Almajiris to herder/farmers clash to what the government intends to do with looted funds recovered by the anti-graft agencies.

While President Buhari answered some questions, Vice president Osinbajo answered others or provided more insights into the president’s explanations.

Buhari’s responses and interaction with Osinbajo has elicited Twitter reactions:

See tweets:

Ebuka Akara@ebuka_akara

Watching this interview, you’ll think Osibanjo is the President and Buhari is his vice.

Bishop Faisal

@JajaPhD

@toluogunlesi is this your President? Before God, are you happy for him to continue to be your President?

ThankGod Ukachukwu@kcnaija

This is an expose of the real Buhari. Buhari has not answered one question correctly and intelligently. Not one.

Mr Stanley Nwabia@MrStanleyNwabia

Buhari is talking about the Press “helping us expose Corrupt Governors, that steal LG funds”
Baba, what did you do with Ganduje’s video?

Ebube The Statesman@akaebube

Watching on NTA

Baba is fumbling like Bakayoko of Chelsea as usual
He can’t hear or answer simple questions well

So Osinbajo is now doing a Kante for him
He is intercepting all the passes and covering up for him

Fam, We need to sell this Bakayoko this season

Iwuchukwu Chijioke@Iwuchukwu_

They said 112 million were poor in 2012 and now it’s 86 million.. isn’t it obvious that the rest died off from poverty😂😂😂

christian James@easyman011

Who’s running for president?

Buhari or Osinbajo??

Osinbajo= 1000 words

Buhari= 25 words

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme@aleeykarma

We did not vote Osinbajo into office. unless something else happened of which the Nigerian electorate is unawares.

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme@aleeykarma

It was not only inappropriate, but disrespectful for Osinbajo to hijack the president’s questioning. It is called ‘The Candidates’ for a reason, I believe, and not the ‘Candidates’ Assistants’.

Meanwhile Amaechi’s facial reaction to the President’s response too didn’t really help matters as it can best be described as hilarious.

 

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Is El-Rufai Tacitly Supporting Atiku? See What He Just Said About Restructuring

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has said that the North is ready, willing and actually able to embrace the inclusive restructuring of the Nation’s Polity.

Malam El-Rufai stated this in Ibadan while speaking as a Keynote Speaker at the Bisi Akande Colloquium to mark the 80th birthday celebration of Chief Bisi Akande held at the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Oladapo Ogunlesi hall.

El-Rufai explained that most of those speaking against restructuring from the Northern part of the country represent no one as most of them have never held elective office.

He added that many wrongly equate the decimation of federalism, not to the military mindset of unitary command-and-control, but to the so-called “northern oligarchy”.

”I want to state here and now, that not only is the North ready, willing and able to embrace inclusive restructuring of our polity, but to add that those that speak loudly against it represent no one.

“Most of them have never held elective office, and therefore do not appreciate that the North with its natural endowments stands to be the biggest beneficiary of restructuring,” he observed.

He added, “The coincidence of the mindset of most of the military leaders being of Northern origin must not be confused with that of the ordinary Northerner.”

Governor el-Rufai maintained that there was the need for the Federal Government to devolve more powers to the states, and the states to the local governments.

The governor said, “Many of the challenges that confront our country are best resolved at the sub-national level. Without any doubt, the Federal Government needs to devolve more powers to the states, and the states to the local governments.

“Many of the challenges that confront our country are best resolved at the sub-national level. How well our children are educated in the first nine years of schooling is down to the states and local governments.

“Improving health outcomes for our people, easing and widening access to primary health care, providing routine immunisation to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases, guaranteeing ante-natal care and safe delivery for pregnant women are all public services that are within the powers of states and local governments.”

Governor El-Rufai explained that the provision of extension services to farmers, construction of feeder roads and aggregation centres for farm produce, are all state and local level functions, that the Federal Government can never do very well.

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