Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has mentioned Fulani herders are compelled to hold firearms in self-defence.
Talking through the Press Week Celebration organised by Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union Journalists Bauchi State Council, the governor mentioned the arms forestall cattle rustlers from killing them and taking away their cows.
Mohammed mentioned the failure of the federal government to guard the herders made them resort to self-help.
He mentioned: “As a result of the Fulani man is practising the custom of pastoralism, he has been uncovered to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry weapons, kill him and take away his commonwealth, which is the cows.
“He has no possibility than to hold AK47 as a result of the society and the federal government will not be defending him, what’s his fault; it is the fault of the federal government and the folks.
“You do not criminalize all of them, as a result of, in each tribe, there are criminals.”
Ortom’s unhealthy media marketing campaign in opposition to Fulani
The governor additionally accused his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, of a nasty media marketing campaign in opposition to the Fulani ethnic group.
He mentioned the scenario has worsened the herder-farmer disaster, accusing him of criminalizing all the Fulani throughout the nation.
“The governor that’s most mistaken is the governor of Benue State, my brother and colleague Governor Samuel Ortom; he began all these.
“When you do not accommodate different tribes, we’re additionally accommodating your tribes in Bauchi and different locations.”
“We’ve so many Tiv folks farming in Alkaleri, in Tafawa Balewa, farming in Bogoro LGAs; has anyone informed them to go?
“We’ve not; as a result of it is their very own inalienable rights to be there.
“We’ve Yoruba folks in Bauchi, for over 150 years, even earlier than the start of Nigeria; a few of them have risen to grow to be everlasting Secretaries in Bauchi, in Gombe and in Borno.
“You may see what our colleagues within the south-west and a few from the south-east are doing.
“If Cyber Crime is practised by one tribe, you do not criminalise all of the tribe that they’re criminals.”
Cautions journalists in opposition to unfavorable stereotypes
“We must be very delicate, and also you as journalists, you should train restrain; you should decipher from wrongs and rights, one thing that’s so unhealthy, that may divide us, that may threaten our unity, you do not do it”, the governor appealed.
Governor Mohammed additionally counseled his Plateau State counter Simon Lalong for “ending the mutual suspicion” between Fulani and farmers on the Plateau.
“I have to remark the chairman of the Northern Governors’ Discussion board, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
“Along with his various background regardless of being a minority on the Plateau, he is main the northern governors with focus, with a number of sense, and with unity.
“And we’d like folks like that; the combating between farmers and Fulani within the Plateau has stopped; you already know why; due to justice and unity; due to patriotism; due to neighborhood engagement; due to governance that fosters understanding between the varied ethnic teams on the Plateau,” he mentioned.
“And that’s what we’re doing in Bauchi, everyone seems to be essential, the media should single out these folks for promotion, not simply the folks that can converse from Ondo, or Ekiti that Fulani ought to go away their forest.
“No one owns any forest, the forest is personal by Nigeria; beneath part 23, 24 and 25, of the structure, each Nigerian is free to remain anyplace.”