[VIDEO] Gov #Ortom of #Benue started this trouble, The Forest belongs to #Nigeria so everybody can stay anywhere – Gov Bala #Mohammed of #Bauchi
“You all have seen what our brothers in South West and some in South East are doing, if we start in the north now everybody will start to complain.Gov of Benue state started all this, he is very wrong. Why cant you accomodate other tribes in your state. We have Benue people in Bauchi and other Fulani states but they have not been sent away.” – Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed
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The Governor spoke as Special Guest of Honour at the launch of the inaugural edition of the Bauchi Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ’s magazine titled ‘Correspondents’ Watch” on Thursday.
Mohammed, while reacting to the development, said the herdsmen have the right to live anywhere as Nigerians, adding the forests where they graze their cows belong to nobody.
He said ” The west doesn’t want to accommodate other tribes but we are accommodating your tribe in Bauchi. We have Yorubas who have stayed in Bauchi for over 150 years, some of them have being made permanent secretaries in Gombe, Bauchi and Borno but because the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of transhumans, pastoralism, he has been exposed to cattle rustlers who carry a gun, kill him and take away his cows, he has no option to carry AK 47 because the government and the society are not protecting him. It’s the fault of the government.
Mohammed said they are only protecting themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions, herdsmen are not to be blamed for bearing firearms.SPONSORED