Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the allocation of six billion naira to all States Government in the country for ranching development purposes, just as he did for his home State, Katsina.
He noted that his demand is in consonance with Section 17 (1) of the constitution, which stipulates that the people of Nigeria shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law.
Mr Falana also drew attention of the Federal Government to the position of the law that while the land in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is vested in the President, the land in each State of the Federation is exclusively vested in the Governor pursuant to the provisions of the Land Use Act, Cap. L5, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
He maintained that the Federal Government has no business reviving ‘grazing reserves’ on its own as it does not control land use.
The Lagos-based Lawyer further advised that instead of chasing the shadows of grazing reserves, the Federal Government should support the State Governments to develop ranches on its own as it has done in Katsina State as a solution to the problems arising from the obsolete agricultural practice of open grazing.