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AK-47: Bauchi Governor Makes U-turn, Issues New Directive to Herdsmen

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, has begged Fulani herdsmen not to carry AK-47 rifles but remain peaceful.

The Bauchi state governor had been severely criticised by Nigerians and his colleague governors after justifying the use of AK-47 weapons by herders.

However, Governor Mohammed has urged herdsmen not to carry AK-47 rifles, clarifying that he only made "a figurative allusion" to the use of the weapon.

The governor said:

''Please, don’t carry the AK-47 that I made a figurative allusion to. Try to make sure that you remain peaceful.”

According to The Punch , Governor Mohammed made the plea in his speech during the launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch, Bauchi, on Wednesday, February 24.

It was gathers that the governor described the Fulani people as humble, simple, and humane and vowed to do everything possible to make sure he protects and supports them.

Meanwhile, a report by The Punch indicates that Isa Yuguda, the former governor of Bauchi state declared that Fulani people are treated unfairly in Nigeria.

Isa Yuguda made the disclosure on Monday, February 22, at the Destination Bauchi Hotel after his revalidation as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former governor speaking with journalists after the exercise stated that for the herdsmen crisis across the country to be addressed, justice must be given to Fulanis.

According to him, despite the contributions of the Fulani to the economy, they are still being treated wrong.

Yuguda went on to accuse past Nigerian governments of creating banditry by their refusal to address the plight of herders whose cattle routes have been taken.

Isa Yuguda, a two-term governor of Bauchi state questioned why the government can't subsidise pastoralism if huge sums of money are released as subsidies in agriculture.

He called on Nigerians to stop being sentimental otherwise Nigeria will crumble.

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