Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, declared that herders must carry weapons because they need to protect themselves.
Bala gave reasons as he ascribed the practice to the failure of society and government to guarantee the safety of herders while in the forest.
The governor, who spoke on Thursday, February 11, in Bauchi, said, “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 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. You don’t criminalize all of them, because, in every tribe, there are criminals.”