- Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has come under heavy fire for justifying herdsmen carrying AK-47
- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu berated his colleague as he expressed how disappointed he was
- The northern governor had earlier said the rifle is just a weapon carried by herders to tackle threats
The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has knocked his Bauchi state counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed, over his comments supporting herders carrying AK-47 for self defence against cattle rustlers and other threats.
In a report by Nigerian Tribune, Akeredolu expressed disappointment over the Bauchi governor's statement describing Mohammed as an anarchist who is unfit for public office.
The Ondo state governor speaking through his commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, explained that it was shocking and disappointing for the Bauchi governor to make such a statement as Nigeria’s constitution remains unchanged.
Akeredolu who serves as the chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum is of the opinion that Mohammed's conduct and attitude can usher the country into the next level path to anarchy.
He also added that people like the northern governor with such impecunious disposition and character are not fit to hold public office.
Legit.ng recalls that Governor Mohammed had said herdsmen are not to be blamed for bearing firearms.
The governor said they are only protecting themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions.
Mohammed said the herdsmen have the right to live anywhere as Nigerians, adding the forests where they graze their cows belong to nobody.
However, the Bauchi state government later put forward an explanation on the statement of Mohammed justifying Fulani herders carrying AK-47 for self-defence.
In a statement on Sunday, February 14, Muktar Gidado, a senior special assistant on media, said the comment of the principal was misunderstood.
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