Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed said the wrong thing at the wrong time. In the middle of mounting tension across the country caused by the herder-farmer crisis, particularly public unease over violent actions by armed herdsmen, the governor defended herders who carry guns.
According to Mohammed, “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.” This premise to back his position that herders carry guns for self-defence is tendentious.
The Fulani herdsman, Mohammed said, “has no option than to carry an 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.”
The governor’s rationalisation is ridiculous. It is unsurprising that his speech on February 11, during the Press Week of…