12.02.2021 news ‘We Should All be Carrying Guns’ — Bauchi Governor Under Fire Over ‘Fulani Herdsmen AK-47’ Comment

Published 12th Feb, 2021

By Damilola Ayeni

Nigerians have expressed displeasure over the comments of Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State, that Fulani herdsmen have no choice other than to go about with AK-47 rifle.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2021 Press Week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi State Council, on Thursday, the governor justified the use of AK-47 by Fulani herdsmen, saying they have no choice.

“And now, the Fulani man is practising 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 AK47 and defend himself because the society and the government are not protecting him,” Mohammed said.

But Nigerians have expressed displeasure over the governor’s comment. A Twitter user who referred to Bala as “Boko Haram commander” wrote: “I agree with you, and still standing on the already established premise. Nigerians should carry whatever arms (AKs, M16, Tarvo) they like. After all, the security system doesn’t guarantee our safety anymore.”

Reginald Onyenwe, another social media user, asked the governor some questions: “Who funds the purchase of the weapons? What is the link between the herders and the sellers of these weapons? If the herders don’t have option but to be armed, why, then, is it unlawful for every citizen to also bear arms?”

My Brother,Bauchi Governor’s justification for AK47 amounts to baptizing infamy.

Originally developed by the Soviet Union in 1947, the AK-47 has been responsible for about 100million deaths globally.

Published 12th Feb, 2021

By Damilola Ayeni


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