The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has pleaded with Fulani herdsmen not to carry AK-47 rifles.
According to him, his earlier comment on herders carrying AK-47 was figurative.
The Governor, who had defended herdsmen for wielding sophisticated weapons, saying it was for their self-defence, pleaded with the animal readers to be peaceful.
He made the plea while addressing herders at the launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch, Bauchi, on Wednesday,
Mohammed said that Fulani herdsmen have remained peaceful, humble, simple, and humane even in the face of trouble.
He 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,” he said.
“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.”