Nigeria: Don't Carry AK-47, Bauchi Governor Begs Herdsmen

25 February 2021

Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has urged herdsmen in the country to desist from carrying dangerous weapons such as AK-47 rifles.

Governor Mohammed made the plea in his speech at the launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch, Bauchi, on Wednesday, described the Fulani people as peace-loving and humane.

"What I will do, I will not say it here, but I will do everything possible to make sure I protect you and lend support to you because I know you mean well.

"Through time and history, you have been seen to be cajoled, and lampooned but you remained humane, you remained simple, you don't show so much aggression and of course, that humility is always what we recognised and this is what a character that should always try to show. "Please, don't carry the AK-47 that I made a figurative allusion to. Try to make sure that you remain peaceful," the governor said at the occasion.

Meanwhile, Mohammed yesterday replied his Benue State counterpart Samuel Ortom over his recent pronouncement describing him as a terrorist governor who should be held responsible if anything happened to him.

The governor in a statement through his media aide Muktar Gidado said he had resolved to deescalate the tension that has gripped the country over the sacking of Fulani herdsman from Ondo State adding, "We had resolved not to join issues with any other person over the position of His Excellency Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed on the issue."

The statement said disagreement between governor Ortom and Bala Mohammed on national issues "does not make them enemies or provide an alibi for allegations that border on extreme criminality.

"We are therefore shocked that governor Ortom could in good conscience, address a fellow governor whom he had described as a brother - a terrorist and who should, to wit, be placed under watch should anything untoward happen to him (Ortom).

"We want to state that Governor Ortom has carried the unfortunate theatrics, for which he is well known, to a very precipitous level of brinkmanship," the statement added.

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