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It Is A Dangerous Provision For A Governor To Compromise On Freedom Of Movement On Individuals – Abubakar Malami

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Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, has stated that restricting free grazing in the country’s southern area is equivalent to restricting spare parts trade in the north.

Malami made the comment during a Channels Television interview on Wednesday, May 19.
The AGF maintained that the ban on free grazing and cattle travel on foot imposed by Southern governors after a meeting in Asaba violated constitutional provisions.

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He said; 

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

“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.

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“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?”

The Attorney-General of the Federation instead urged the Southern Governors to make amends in the 1999 constitution to bar open grazing in the region.

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He added; 

“If you are talking of constitutionally guaranteed rights, the better approach to it is to perhaps go back to ensure the constitution is amended. 

“Freedom and liberty of movement among others established by the constitution, if by an inch you want to have any compromise over it, the better approach is go back to the national assembly to say open grazing should be prohibited and see whether you can have the desired support for the constitutional amendment.

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“It is a dangerous provision for any governor in Nigeria to think he can bring any compromise on the freedom and liberty of individuals to move around.”

Source; Ghgossip.com

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