The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has appealed to all arms-bearing herders to drop their weapons, notably the AK-47 because the nation continues to grapple with varied safety challenges.
The governor made the enchantment on Wednesday, through the official launch of the 2021 Annual Livestock Vaccination Campaign at Galambi cattle ranch within the state.
Speaking additional, he assured all harmless farmers, herders and folks of the state that their wellbeing will stay a precedence of his authorities whereas efforts are being made to cut back the farmer-herder clashes.
“I will do everything to protect you and support you because through time and history, you seem to have been lampooned, subjected to caricature, but you remain humane, simple, you don’t show so much aggression and of course, that humility, is always what we recognize,” Governor Mohammed mentioned.
“Please don’t carry the AK-47; try to make sure that you remain peaceful”.
He additionally promised to proceed to be a voice for the harmless Fulani herdsmen whereas advising them to conduct themselves peacefully and establish the miscreants amongst them for punitive measures.
Meanwhile, Governor Mohammed mentioned he has no apology for talking up in opposition to ethnic profiling of Fulani Herdsmen.
He, nevertheless, assured Nigerians that his earlier feedback weren’t supposed to generate controversies and escalate stress.
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‘A figure of Speech’
Weeks in the past, the governor had defended the herdmen who carry arms, stating that they solely accomplish that as a way of self-defence as a result of they’re being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers.
“The Fulani man is practicing the tradition of trans-human, pastoralism, he has been exposed to the battery of the forests, the animals, and now, the cattle rustlers, who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth – that is his cows – he had no option than to carry Ak-47 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. We have to be careful,” Governor Mohammed had mentioned.
Last Friday, he nevertheless, clarified the assertion, explaining that he solely used ‘AK-47’ as a determine of speech.
“It is a figure of speech to show you the despondence, the desperation and frustration and the agony that this particular person is exposed to by his own people, by his own tribe and by other tribes who have all seen him as a criminal and therefore, he has the inalienable right to protect himself,” the governor mentioned in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“What I said in that context, I was addressing the media people. And the topic was the use of the media to foster national unity and I was trying to situate the problem,” the previous Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) defined.
“The Fulani man is so uncovered, dehumanised, demonised in actual fact, as a result of he’s being seen as a bandit and so, anyplace he goes, he’s being pursued. Not solely within the southwest or the southeast, even within the north as a result of he’s within the cattle route, his commonwealth which I name his cows, are being taken and rustled and naturally, generally, they’re fined past your creativeness.