By Zakaa Lazarus, Abuja.
Group under the aegis of Coalition Of Civil Society Organizations have accused the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Mahmood Abubakar for violating presidential orders by approving illegal Donkey Slaughter and Exportation in Nigeria.
The Assistant Secretary General of the group, Comrade Christian Achem who made the accusations while addressing a press conference in Abuja this Monday also called for the removal of the Minister of Agriculture.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on the 21st of March, 2022, after a Federal Executive Council Meeting, issued a directive that foreigners are not permitted to directly go into the forest and engage in direct purchase and slaughter of Donkeys.
The group said “this memorandum was duly forwarded to all stakeholders in the Agro Business including the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Mahamed Mahmood Abubakar has continued to give tacit approval to Chinese Nationals to go into the forest and deal directly in these businesses against the direct orders of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in flagrant disregard of our sovereignty”. They noted.
The group also expressed shock that a Minister who is an appointee of the President can brozenly go against direct orders of the President without attracting any severe consequences.
“The continued silence of the Presidency over this declaration of what against the directives of the President by an appointee of his, is a threat to our democracy, sovereignty and rule of law. There is no doubt that more appointees seeing that no serious action is taken against recalcitrant Mahmood will employ similar crude measures to demean the exalted office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in pursuit of selfish ends”
According to them, the action of the Minister also makes the severeinty of Nigeria susceptible to foreign interference.
While urging Nigerians to be vigilant and add their voices to the patriotic call to safeguard it’s hard earned sovereignty and uphold the territorial integrity with jealousy, Comrade Achem explained that no Nigerian will go into an illegal business in China without attracting severe consequences from the Chinese authority.