HERDSMEN HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO CARRY AK-47, DO NOT CRIMINALISE THEM - BAUCHI STATE GOVERNOR, BALA MOHAMMED
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said herdsmen have no option but to carry ammunition such as AK-47 because they need it to protect themselves.
Governor Mohammed made this known on Thursday February 11 during the press week celebration in Bauchi.
He revealed that the society and the Federal Government have failed to guarantee the safety of herders in the forest, prompting them to fortify themselves with arms and ammunition.
Mohammed, who warned against the criminalisation of herders, said they have been exposed to cattle rustlers, bandits, kidnappers, and assassins.
He said “Because the Fulani man is practising the tradition of pastoralism, he has been exposed to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth, which is the cows.
“He has no option than to carry AK47 because the society and the government are not protecting him, what is his fault; it’s the fault of the government and the people. You don’t criminalize all of them, because, in every tribe, there are criminals.”