- Shehu Sani has reacted to Governor Bala Mohammed's position on the farmer-herders crisis
- The Bauchi state governor had said herdsmen are compelled to carry firearms for self-defence
- In a swift reaction, Sani said the governor's justification for herders carrying AK-47 amounts to baptising infamy
Sheu Sani has slammed Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi state, for defending and justifying Fulani herders carrying AK-47 rifles.
In a tweet on Friday, February 12, the former senator who represented Kaduna Central at the 8th Senate, said justifying bearing of the dangerous weapon by herdsmen "amounts to baptizing infamy."
Legit.ng recalls that amid rising tensions over the farmers-herders crisis in the country, Governor Mohammed caused stirs on the social media after saying herdsmen are compelled to carry firearms for self-defence.
The governor, who was a 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 on Thursday, February 11, said the AK-47 is just a weapon to tackle cattle-rustlers.
Mohammed maintained that since the host communities and government of host states failed to protect the herders, it is imminent that the Fulani herders carry guns as self-defence.
The governor also berated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for issuing an eviction notice to the criminal herders residing in the Ondo forest reserves.
But in a swift response, Senator Sani said the Bauchi state governor is promoting infamy with his justification.
According to him, such a statement capable of stoking ethnic tension was not expected from the number one citizen of a state.
"My brother, Bauchi governor’s justification for AK-47 amounts to baptizing infamy," Shehu Sani said.
Why Tinubu was silent on herder-farmer crisis
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Sani mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, for his long-overdue silence on the brewing Fulani herdsmen-farmer crisis in the southwest.
In a tweet on Wednesday, February 3, the former lawmaker said Tinubu's continuous hush over the ethnic tension generated by the eviction notice issued to the herders in Oyo and Ondo states is because he does not want to "lose his cap."
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