PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has categorically stated that he has no constitutional power to create cattle colony in any part of the country.
Buhari represented by Ita Enang, his special adviser on National Assembly matters, made the clarification on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the South-South Zonal meeting of the national committee of the Buhari Support Groups, NCBSG, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Buhari stated that the constitutional authority to release land for any purpose is constitutionally vested in state governors and local government chairmen.
The President said that under the Land Use Act of 1978, he lacks the constitutional power to create cattle colony in any part of the country.
Buhari said that provisions of the Land Use Act gave powers to state governors and local government chairmen to control land in their domain.
He said that when Nigeria was one region or state, even before the country was formed; “we had cattle routes running from Chad, Niger Republic and down to the Atlantic Ocean. When Nigeria became four regions, we had cattle routes in each of the regions.
“When Nigeria created states, each of the states made laws to regulate rearing of animals. In 1978, under Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo as head of state, the Land Use Act was made. Under the Land Use Act, the President has power to control lands in Abuja only.
“Under the Land Use Act, each state governor, under Section 2 of the Land Use Act, lands in urban areas of each of the states of the federation is vested on the governor. Now, subsection 1(2b) says land in the rural areas is vested on the local government chairman of that area,” he stressed.