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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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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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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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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Osinbajo Steals The Show, Rescues President Buhari At Town Hall Meeting, See Blow By Blow Account Of What Went Down

Reactions continue to trail the performance of the President and his vice at the live interview cum town hall meeting which was held yesterday and televised live.

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.

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.

The presidential town hall meeting tagged, The Candidates, was broadcast live on the network of the Nigerian Television Authority on Wednesday night.

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, he would have been stopped before getting to the real issue.

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

Indeed, Mr. President meandered back and forth while answering questions on issues of national importance, with Osinbajo always diving in at crucial moments to make up for His Excellency’s obvious shortcomings.

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.

And when it appeared the President had difficulty in hearing (or processing) the questions from the moderator and members of the audience, Osinbajo was always on hand to repeat them to him.

The Vice-President also on many occasions guided his boss in supplying what he felt were appropriate answers for tough questions.

But if Buhari appeared not exactly poised to answer questions on some issues, that of his anti-graft fight seemed to resonate with him that he answered questions on same with the dexterity of a ‘smart politician.’

For instance, on his stance towards the Governor Umar Ganduje bribery saga, Mr. President smartly referred to the intervention of the Kano State House of Representatives as the reasons for his silence on the matter, while urging anyone who is certain about Babachir’s issue to come forth with evidence.

Mr. President’s responses to other thorny issues of national interest, such as the matter of out-of-school children in the North, called Almajiris; and the perennial farmer-herder clashes also left the audience unconvinced that the nation should hope for genuine solutions in the short term.

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.

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.

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.

Finally Buhari Opens Up On Babachir Lawal! We Have Not Prosecuted Babachir Because He Is Not Corrupt, If You Think Otherwise Prove It

Finally, President Buhari has given the reasons why his administration cannot proceed to prosecute Babachir lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF on allegations of fraud that was laid on him.

Buhari said his administration can’t prosecute Lawal because there is no proof of fraud allegations against the former SGF.

Speaking during an NTA interactive session on Wednesday, Buhari challenged anyone with evidence against Lawal to come forward.

According to Buhari: “I don’t think that anybody that is being booted out is corrupt.

 

“I told you why I have to be careful. If there are strong allegations, people should come out with strong evidence like names of companies looted, contracts awarded, then, we take them before the court and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete their investigation.

“If we just arrest them and look the other way as we did in the military system…democracy is a multi-party system that does not approve that. So, if there is strong allegation, the government may ask people to go like the former secretary general.”

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I’m Contensting For President Because Am Tired Of The Way Buhari Is Running The Country And Atiku Is Not An Option, Ezekwesili Declares

Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the famous Bring Back Our Girls campaign and the presidential candidate of the Allied congress party of Nigeria has disclosed why she’s running for the presidency in the forthcoming presidential polls.She stated this while campaigning before party faithfuls stated on Thursday in Kaduna that her plan if for Nigerians to rise and rise.Her words, “I am not running for president so that i will be big woman.“I want Nigeria to be a Great nation again. I am running because i am tired of seeing hopelessness in our society.The ACPN candidate further promised om delivering good and affordable health care alongside social securities to Kaduna residents if elected.Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has again criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.Ezekwesili said instead of embarking on campaigns that would better the lot of Nigerians, both parties were attacking each other over frivolous matters.She spoke yesterday at a stakeholder’s meeting with party members and Yaba Market leaders in Lagos.

Ezekwesili, who lamented that Nigeria is now known as world capital of poverty, noted that if elected President she would run an all-inclusive government.The former Minister of Education cautioned that if the issue of poverty is not taken seriously, it could lead to distabilisation of the country.“Today we are known as world capital of poverty, we overtook India, a country that is seven times our population by having 87 millions Nigerians living in poverty.According to the analysis that produced the result, the number could grow and double as our population grows and double. “One thing that we know in the world of development is that poverty could distabilise any country, even if the world of development did not tell us that theoretically, we could see from what happen in the regions where there is prolific poverty,” she stated.

 

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PDP’s Reaction To Buhari’s Session On The Candidates Speaks Volumes! “Almost All Questions Had To Be Interpreted To The President While He Talked Off-Point Throughout”

The Ekiti State Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that if not that some supporters of the President lacks conscience, some of those supporting the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari  will last night, have gone to bed in shame due to the dismal performance of the President on the NTA programme, ‘The Candidates.’

The State Campaign Council Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, in a statement on Thursday morning, said, “almost all questions had to be interpreted to the President while he talked off-point throughout; answering no question appropriately to the extent that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo became so embarrassed and agitated that he tried to help him answer questions that was asked him.

“It was so terrible that the moderator had to tell the Vice President to allow President Buhari to talk for himself.”

Olayinka, who said it was sad that those promoting the President knew even in 2015 that he lacked both mental and physical capacity to run a local council not to talk of a country of over 200 million people lamented that, “the only reason the cabal running the country wants him to remain in office is to guarantee their 2023 presidential ambition and access to the national treasury.”

He challenged those still supporting the President’s second term bid to in all honesty tell Nigerians why the same Buhari that they saw on NTA last night should continue as president.

“They should tell Nigerians how a man who could not comprehend anything on that live programme except when it had to do with promoting nepotism should keep running the affairs of Nigeria.

“In saner climes, after his disastrous performance on The Candidates last night, President Buhari’s will be asked to go home and rest. But because they are selfish and wicked, they will pretend that the NTA programme never happened just as they pretended in 2015 when the President was calling APC ‘All Progressives Confidence’, ‘INEC Independent Nigeria Electoral Commission’, Osinbajo ‘Osunbade’ and Imo State ‘Ibo’ State.

“They also saw him in 2015 when he was talking about Deutsche Mark that was last spent in Europe in 1999 as currency being used in Germany, referring to Angela Merkel as President Michelle and Germany as West Germany. But they will never mind the international embarrassment that he has become as long as their hold on power is sustained and their 2023 presidential ambition is guaranteed.”

 

While saying that the President has never hidden his support for corrupt elements in his party, Olayinka said; “To further demonstrate the hypocrisy in his so-called fight against corruption, when asked about the Kano State Governor, Ganduje’s bribery scam, President Buhari responded by saying; “Hopefully, by the time I go to Kano for my campaign, I will have the information,” but at the same time tried to discredit the video exposing the bribery scandal.

He said; “Nigerians, especially the people of Ekiti should take their time to see the video of The Candidates edition of yesterday and challenge anyone coming to preach reelection of the president to them if they will hand the running of their personal business to someone who has proven to be unconscious of happenings around him.”

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PDP Finally React To Buhari’s Performance During Yesterday Live Interview

The main opposition party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its  Presidential Campaign Council in Ekiti State has stated that those who are still backing  President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection lack conscience and will retire to bed last night with shame after the President poor performance at the NTA programme tagged “The Candidates”

The State Campaign Council Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, in a statement on Thursday morning, ,said, “almost all questions had to be interpreted to the President while he talked off-point throughout; answering no question appropriately to the extent that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo became so embarrassed and agitated that he tried to help him answer questions that was asked him.

“It was so terrible that the moderator had to tell the Vice President to allow President Buhari to talk for himself.”Olayinka, who said it was sad that those promoting the President knew even in 2015 that he lacked both mental and physical capacity to run a local council not to talk of a country of over 200 million people lamented that, “the only reason the cabal running the country wantshim to remain in office is to guarantee their 2023 presidential ambition and access to the national treasury.”He challenged those still supporting the President’s second term bid to in all honesty tell Nigerians why the same Buhari that they saw on NTA last night should continue as president.

“They should tell Nigerians how a man who could not comprehend anything on that live programme except when it had to do with promoting nepotism should keep running the affairs of Nigeria.In saner climes, after his disastrous performance on The Candidates last night, President Buhari’s will be asked to go home and rest. But because they are selfish and wicked, they will pretend that the NTA programme never happened just as they pretended in 2015 when the President was calling APC ‘All Progressives Confidence’, ‘INEC Independent Nigeria Electoral Commission’, Osinbajo ‘Osunbade’ and Imo State ‘Ibo’ State.

“They also saw him in 2015 when he was talking about Deutsche Mark that was last spent in Europe in 1999 as currency being used in Germany, referring to Angela Merkel as President Michelle and Germany as West Germany. But they will never mind the international embarrassment that he has become as long as their hold on power is sustained and their 2023 presidential ambition is guaranteed.” While saying that the President has never hidden his support for corrupt elements in his party, Olayinka said; “To further demonstrate the hypocrisy in his so-called fight against corruption, when asked about the Kano State Governor, Ganduje’s bribery scam, President Buhari responded by saying; “Hopefully, by the time I go to Kano for my campaign, I will have the information,” but at the same time tried to discredit the video exposing the bribery scandal.He said; “Nigerians, especially the people of Ekiti should take their time to see the video of The Candidates edition of yesterday and challenge anyone coming to preach reelection of the president to them if they will hand the running of their personal business to someone who has proven to be unconscious of happenings around him.”

 

 

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Buhari Shocked Nigerians When He Spoke About What He Would Do If He Loses The Presidential Election

President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to be very specific on whether he would concede defeat to the winner of the presidential election in the country if he loses.

The President was uncategorical when asked on Wednesday night whether he would concede defeat if he fails to score majority votes at next month’s presidential election. Asked whether be would congratulate his challenger by host Kadaria Ahmed at a town hall that aired live on NTA Wednesday night, the president said it would be almost impossible for him to lose. He said he has lost before, and challenged results in court.

Buhari also accused the Peoples Democratic Party, which held Nigeria’s centre between 1999 and 2015, of concocting election results within that period, saying that cost him the mandate thrice.

Buhari became president in 2015 after defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, in an historic election that saw the first victory for an opposition party in Nigeria’s presidential poll. He said technology played a crucial role in his victory, together with an arrogant ruling party that underestimated the potential of card readers and his political strength at the time.

Four years on, however, Mr Buhari is unable to say whether or not he would emulate Mr Jonathan and similarly concede defeat should he lose.

Analysts have advised that accepting defeat is key to ensuring a peaceful transition after the election on February 16.

Already, political and religious leaders, under the national peace committee, have drafted a peace accord for the 2019 elections which virtually all the presidential candidates have endorsed.

Buhari faces his most potent challenger in Alhaji Atiku Abubakarw ho was Nigeria’s vice-president between 1999 and 2007, who picked the opposition PDP’s presidential ticket last October. Atiku is hoping to ride on his strong business background, as well as the disillusionment of citizens towards Buhari’s government.

The president promised to improve Nigeria’s security and economy, and reign in corruption.

Many, including his erstwhile supporters, feel this had not been fulfilled, and even worse off in some cases.

The administration however insists it has done well and deserved reelection. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo appeared with the president at the town hall, which is a series organised for presidential candidates and their running mates ahead of polls next month.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, are expected to appear on the programme at the end of this month before the election.

 

 

 

 

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