By Newsie ED:-
The senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has condemned the comment by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), on spare parts trade, saying that it exposes a “dangerous mindset” that promotes division.
Abaribe stated this while reacting to Malami’s comments on the resolve of the Southern Governors to ban open grazing in the south, which the AGF compared to prohibiting spare parts trading in the north.
Malami made the comment when he appeared on a Channels Television programme on Wednesday.
Reacting to the statement on Thursday, the senate minority leader said there is no correlation between spare parts sellers in a rented shop, and those involved in open grazing.
“While the local “bureau de change” business mostly done by the Fulanis are operating in all parts of Nigeria, why have they not elicited any resentment of other Nigerians?
“It is simply because they live and do their business peacefully without any problem. It is the murderous activities of Fulani herders that have given rise to the current demand for laws that will bring about peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.
“What’s the correlation between spare parts sellers in a rented shop or government properly designated area and marauding Fulani herders destroying farms, killing and raping thus trampling on people’s private properties and means of livelihood?” Uchenna Awom, his media aide, quoted Abaribe as saying.
“Such a divisive statement from a top federal government official, in fact, the chief legal adviser to the federal government at that, exposes a very dangerous mindset.
“This disposition has, no doubt, raised the tension in Nigeria to a frightening level. Why should an attorney-general of the federation be so fixated on evoking ethnic/regional fault lines when duty calls for him to be a statesman.
“It is disheartening that Mr Abubakar Malami has chosen to debase our country. He has indeed questioned Nigeria’s unity. Very unfortunate.”
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