Sunday, April 18, 2021

I’ve no apologies for comments on herdsmen – Bala Mohammed


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that he has no apology for his comment last week, kicking against the profiling of the Fulani tribe as killers and kidnappers.

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Recall that the governor had come under criticism for justifyin herdsmen’s bearing of arms as self-defense.

Mr Mohammed, who spoke Wednesday during the official launching of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign, said the labeling of a particular tribe with crime is unfair and breeds disunity in the country.

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He said: “We kicked against the profiling of the fulanis as killers and kidnappers, we have no apology for what we have done because what we have done is to say the truth, that there is no tribe or group that is free from criminality.

”We are not saying that to spite anybody or spark unnecessary controversy, we have made our point. Nigerians across the board has discussed it and I am happy to say that from all indications, majority of sensible Nigerians have appreciated what we have said and that is the point.”

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Mr Mohammed said that his administration will free resources which belongs to the Fulani pastoralists in order for them to have their own right of way, thereby reducing the conflicts between fulani herders and farmers.

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