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Gov Mohammed defends herdsmen, says they carry AK-47 for self defence

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RUGA: Bauchi governor welcomes herdsmen

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed came to the defense of arms bearing Fulani herdsmen, saying they carry AK-47 for self defence.

According to the governor, who spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2021 Media Press Week of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi Council, he also faulted the handling of the garmer-herder clashes by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

The governor, who commended journalists in the state for their accurate and balanced reporting and for promoting peace in Nigeria, faulted the quit notice given to Fulani herdsmen in some southern states, particularly Ondo, pointing out that the moves of the “southern governors are wrong.”

Mohammed said: “On the herders-farmers clashes, you have seen what our colleagues in the South-West are doing and some of them in South-East. Some of us told them with all modesty and humility – you are wrong.

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“But the person that is most wrong is the Governor of Benue State, my brother and my colleague, Governor (Samuel) Ortom; he started all these. If you don’t accommodate other tribes we are also accommodating your people in Bauchi and other places.

“We have so many Tiv people working and farming in Alkaleri, farming in Tafawa Balewa, farming in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi; has anyone asked them to go? We have not, because it is their constitutional rights to be there.

“We have Yoruba people in Bauchi for over 150 years, even before the birth of Nigeria. Nobody has told them to go; some of them have risen to become permanent secretaries in Bauchi, Gombe and Borno.

“And now, the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of trans-human, pastoralism, he has been exposed to the dangers of the forests, the animals, and now, the cattle rustlers, who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth, his cows, he had no option than to carry Ak-47 and defend himself because the society and the government are not protecting him.

“It is not his fault, it is the fault of the government and the people; you don’t criminalise all of them because in every tribe there are criminals. You should be very sensitive.”

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