Sani Yabagi, national chairman of the Action Democracy Party (ADP), has described the decision of southern governors to fix September 1, 2021, for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law in all member states as a gang up against the north.
Yabagi said this on Monday, while speaking on Channels Television programme, Politics Today.
The southern governors had made this known on Tuesday, in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting at Government House, Alausa, in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.
The governors also resolved that the country’s next president should come from the South, and also urged the federal government to inform them as chief security officers of their respective states before any security agency will carry out operations, following the raid by the Department of State Services (DSS) on the home of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan last Thursday.
Two of Igboho’s aides were killed and 13 others arrested by the DSS during the operation.
The ADP chairman said the governors took advantage of issues that are dividing the country in the areas of insecurity, politics and open grazing.
“I think the coming together of the governors of the southern extraction. To me, it is a very wrong way to go about issues of politics that affects the whole nation, because the message here is like ganging up against the rest of the nation, particularly by state actors who should be the one to protect and advance the unity of this country and ensure that all parts of this country will be comfortable, whereby whoever at the end of the day emerges president of this country,” he said.
“But if you go the way you are going, all the things listed in that communiqué seems to be a kind of ganging up against the north. When you look at the grazing, when you look at the insecurity, you look at the issue of politics 2023, how can we have elected officials; governors for that matter coming out to emphasise things that divide us and not talking about things that unite the country. It beats my imagination. It is unfortunate.”