Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed on Thursday said Fulani herdsmen have no option but to carry AK-47 for self-defence because they are being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers.
He also condemned South West, South-East Governors, and also Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the manner in which they are handling farmer-herder clashes.
Aside defending the rights of Fulani herdsmen to carry weapons, Mohammed also condemned the attitude of Samuel Ortom, his Benue State counterpart and some governors in the southern states over their handling of the issues of criminality and farmers/ herders clashes.
The Governor added that the forests in Nigeria belong to everybody and not a particular tribe in an obevious refrnce to the order given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to herders to vacate Ondo forest reserves some weeks ago.
He said, “The Fulani man is practicing the tradition of trans-human, pastoralism, he has been exposed to the dangers of the forests, the animals, and now, the cattle rustlers, who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth, his cows, he had no option than to carry Ak-47 and defend himself because the society and the government are not protecting him.