Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has pointed out reason herdsmen will continue to carry AK-47.
Mohammed explained that herdsmen would continue to carry weapons because they need protection.
Speaking in Bauchi, the Governor lamented that government and the society had failed to protect herdsmen in the forest.
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.
“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.”
Gun wielding herdsmen have been accused of killing farmers and attacking villages across the country