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Akeredolu Condemns Bauchi Governor for Defending Herdsmen Carrying AK-47

Akeredolu Condemns Bauchi Governor for Defending Herdsmen Ca

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has condemned the statement credited to Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, that herdsmen have no option but to carry AK-47 for self-defence.

On February 12, Mohammed defended the herdsmen who carried arms, he claimed they were being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers. He also condemned the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and others in the Southwest and Southeast over the manner in which they are handling farmer-herder clashes.

But speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Akeredolu questioned the Bauchi State Governor for defending herdsmen who carry arms and kill innocent Nigerians.

“How will a governor in this country today come out and say people should be allowed to carry arms when it is illegal?" he asked.  

"So, people who are not licensed to carry guns, Bala Mohammed is suggesting to us that they should be able to carry it?” 

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“For what purpose? Bala Mohammed has even poured more petrol into the fire because his speech is unexpected of him. It will become very serious and nobody will be spared. So statements like that must be condemned and I condemn it.

“Bala Mohammed has not spoken like a statesman. He probably lost everything out, he lost out as to what his reaction should be,” he added.

Akeredolu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the Nigeria Police to arrest some herdsmen for carrying arms and other criminal elements.

He said that as Ondo State Governor, he is worried about the deteriorating level of Nigeria's security challenges, especially the recent killings of three prominent Ondo indigenes by herdsmen.

He stressed that the insecurity challenges were not an ethnic war, calling for collective efforts in ensuring that the challenges were tackled head-on.

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