The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has asked Fulani herdsmen not to carry AK-47 rifles.
Mohammed said this on Wednesday. He was speaking at the launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch, Bauchi.
The Bauchi governor said, “What I will do, I will not say it here, but I will do everything possible to make sure I protect you and lend support to you because I know you mean well.
“Through time and history, you have been seen to be cajoled, and lampooned but you remained humane, you remained simple, you don’t show so much aggression and of course, that humility is always what we recognized and this is what a character that should always try to show.
“Please, don’t carry the AK-47 that I made a figurative allusion to. Try to make sure that you remain peaceful.
The Bauchi governor has come under intense criticism ever since he made a comment supporting Fulani herdsmen to carry arms.
One of his most vocal critics was the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom who reacted saying that Fulani herdsmen must obey Benue laws or go to Bauchi where they can carry Ak-47 rifles.
The governor said that he has no apology for kicking against the profiling of Fulani herders as criminals.
He said that his administration is aware of the activities of Miyetti Allah and other Fulani organisations in promoting peaceful coexistence in the state, promoting the well-being of the pastoralists, wealth creation, and conflict mediation especially the state and the nation in general.