In reaction to a comment made by the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, where he said herdsmen carry arms and weapons for self defence, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has advised the Federal Government to permit all Nigerians to bear firearms in order to protect themselves from societal miscreants.
The comment by Gov Mohammed drew heavy criticism as he defended the rights of herders to go about with AK-47 to defend themselves against cattle rustlers.
The Bauchi chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, had the following to say:
”The government has become irresponsible. That is why a Fulani man has become an outcast in his own country. All his wealth has been crippled to activities of cattle rustlers. What do you expect him to do?
Let everybody protect themselves, let everybody carry arms. You don’t allow few bandits to come and ruin you, kill you, kill your family as few people cannot be terrorizing everybody.”
He added: ”Though in a normal situation nobody should be allowed to carry arms except those that are legalised to do so, but if the Federal government had taken the responsibility of protecting lives of citizens serious, no one would dare have reason to carry arms.
You need to ask yourself, ‘Is the government doing enough to protect the lives of herdsmen?’
I won’t fault Governor Bala Mohammed for the statement, he is very right. After all, he did not say herdsmen should go and cause chaos.
No one faulted Benue Governor, Ortom when he said herdsmen should leave his state. So why are they criticising Bauchi governor?”