President of One Love Foundation, Mr. Patrick Eholor, yesterday, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari, saying some of the actions taken by him were a reminder of when he once ruled the country as military head of states.
He said this in Benin while reacting to the proposed reopening of the grazing routes by President Muhammadu Buhari in confrontation to the south-south governors’ ban on open grazing in their states.
Mr. Eholor said what Nigerians expected when they cast their votes to elect President Muhammadu Buhari was that, hence he was elected under a democratic dispensation, he should be guided by the constitution, rule them with a sense of human feelings but to their own chagrin, he has refused to let go of his old ways and Nigerians are complaining daily over his leadership style.
“What the president displayed again is divisiveness because the president still thinks that we are still in the military era because when he pulled off his Kharki, he came back with Agbada.
“He has not regained himself and that is why he talks like that because when you talk about grazing and its routes, we are talking about many years ago.
“It means that if the route of grazing is part of my house, when you see my house green with marbles and swimming pool, it means that the cattle is going to destroy it and not just alone, with others”, he said.
Eholor added that Nigeria is not the only country that rares cattle and that it should emulate others and see how they have successfully carried out their own without causing pains on their citizens, stressing that should the federal government lacks manpower, it could employ the teeming unemployed youth to work in the ranch.
“We also see that Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, supported his theory and he also admitted that he is also a Fulani who is also supporting open grazing and I hope he knows that we have ranches in Brazil, in Canada, in Zimbabwe, Malawi, in Rwanda and others.
“We have an army of unemployed youths that read agriculture in school.
“I think we should be encouraged to have ranches. If the states want to ranch, they can ranch, if individual wants to ranch, he can ranch.
“Thinking of walking a cow from the north to the south, it is not possible anymore”, he said.
The activist maintained that the South-South governors have the right to decide what happen in their states because they were also elected just as the president was elected by the people.
He called on those advising the president to always advise him on policies that would benefit the generality of the public, noting that he is the president of the federal republic of Nigeria and not that of a section of the federation.
“What we need is a unified president, a president who is not a sectional leader and who wants to unify his people”, he said.