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Atedo Peterside to Malami: Freedom of movement does not extend to cattle

Atedo Peterside to Malami: Freedom of movement does not extend to cattle
May 20
12:20 2021

Atedo Peterside, the founder of Stanbic IBTC and Anap Foundation, says linking the resolution to ban open grazing in the south with right to free movement of persons is “disingenuous”.

On Wednesday, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, criticised the resolve to ban open grazing by southern governors, saying it is equivalent to prohibiting spare parts trading in the north.

“It is about constitutionality within the context of the freedoms expressed in our constitution. Can you deny the rights of a Nigerian?” Malami said.

“For example: it is as good as saying, perhaps, maybe, the northern governors coming together to say they prohibit spare parts trading in the north. Does it hold water? Does it hold water for a northern governor to come and state expressly that he now prohibits spare parts trading in the north?”


Malami’s comments came on the heels of the resolution of governors in the south to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot, after a meeting in Asaba, Delta state, Last Tuesday.

Reacting to the development, Peterside, via a tweet, on Thursday, said freedom of movement of persons does not extend to cattle.

“It is disingenuous to link a ban on open grazing to the constitutional right to the free movement of persons,” he said.


“The latter does not extend to the free movement of cattle, goats, sheep etc through farms with the attendant destruction of somebody’s harvest.”



1 Comment

  1. Babs Ajayi
    Babs Ajayi May 20, 19:03

    What do you expect when you have a half-baked, quota system-minted attorney-general like Abubakar Malami? Here is a guy that none of the big law firms in Lagos will offer a law clerk position and he is Nigeria’s AG? I am sure this guy did not make 150 points in JAMB, if he took it at all, and probably didn’t make 5 credits in WAEC. He probably took IJMB, that made-for-North, backdoor-into-university exam for Northern candidates. I can bet that Malami never attempted WEAC. Let him share his WAEC result with the world.
    Atedo should not waste his time responding to his illogical reasoning. I do not think Logic 101 (Introduction to Logic and Reasoning) was a taught at Usmanu Danfodiyo University where he collected his fake law degree. Malami wouldn’t have been able to make enough JAMB points to enable him sit in Professor Peter Bodunrin’s 101 lecture in Ibadan and the opportunity to take Philosophy of Law. I know it will be hard for Malami to see the difference between oranges and apples. To your tent, O Ndigbo and Odua; you do not belong on the same road with cattle, goats and sheep.

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