The Governor of Bauchi State, Governor Bala Mohammed has explained why herdsmen carry weapons such AK-47 during their duties.
According to him, these herdsmen carry weapons due to the fact that they need to protect themselves.
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He stated that this has become very necessary because the society and government have failed to guarantee the safety of herders while in the forest.
He made this known in a recent submission saying;
“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 an AK-47 because 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.”