Huh! Is that so? But wait a moment, which of the 3 major instruments – Power, Authority and Constitutionality, are the Northern Elders saying Governor Rotimi Akeredolu does not have as he gave the order?
Let us wait for these Wise Elders from Arewa to tell us which of the 3 the Governor is lacking, in regards to the “vacating” order.
That is in one hand. While in the other hand, and this is more important of course, did the Governor order the herdsmen to “vacate Ondo State” or the order is for the herdsmen to “vacate the forests of Ondo State”? We need to get the “order”, as given by the Governor right, both in pronouncement and interpretation.
One would have expected the Presidency (which spoke first against the “order”) and the Northern Elders to consult Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, who incidentally is one of them, on both the legality and constitutionality of Governor Akeredolu’s pronouncements on the issue under discuss before coming to “town” with authoritative statements, either for or against.
In my little efforts at my platform – Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, l called in an erudite Professor of Law, and a SAN, at the University of Lagos – Professor Joseph Abugu, to share his Knowledgeable thought with listeners on the Ondo State’s Governor “Order”. The old teacher was unambiguous in interpreting the Governor’s “order” in line with interpretation of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).
In view of his (the Professor) interpretation, l would advice both the Presidency and the Northern Elders to return back to the drawing board in search of another trajectory to the burning issue. And one of those things l would recommend for both of them to interrogate properly in order for them to redesign their voyage map of discovery is understanding the difference between Morality and Legality in decoding issues like this.
We should not allow sentiments to rule, please.
Godwin Etakibuebu [The Guru]