Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has taken exception to a recent comment made by Abubakar Malami on Channels Television calling it very unfortunate and divisive.
The Attorney General of the Federation had while appearing on Channels Television’s “Politics Today” on Wednesday night knocked the Southern Governors for their controversial banning of open grazing in the South. Malami argued that such an action is equivalent to the Northern Governors banning sales of spare parts in the North. Apparently, the sales of spare parts in the country is dominated by people from the South but Malami’s comment didn’t sit well with Abaribe who replied through a statement by his spokesman Uche Awon.
According to Uche Awon, the Senator finds Malami’s comments divisive, unbecoming for a statesman of his standing and very unfortunate. The Senator argued that Northerners in the South who engage in Bureau de Change were not having any trouble with the Southerners because they were going about their business peacefully. He opined that if herders were having problems in the South, it was as a result of the rapes, destruction of farmland and violence these Southerners were facing from them.
The Senator concluded that for someone with such a position in the Federal Government to make such an inflammatory and divisive comment showed the mindset of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and according to Abaribe “This disposition has no doubt raised tensions in Nigeria to a frightening level.”