- Not all herdsmen in Nigeria are criminals who go about wreaking havoc in the country
- This was the position of Governor Muhammadu Yahaya on Tuesday, March 9
- Governor Yahaya called on his colleagues in the south to be patient with cattle rearers who are willing to do their businesses within the ambit of the law
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Governor Muhammadu Yahaya of Gombe has called on his southern counterparts to exercise patience with law-abiding herders in their states.
The governor on Tuesday, March 9, argued that not all herdsmen are to be seen as dangerous persons or armed criminals, Punch reports.
Yahaya said the habit of associating cattle rearers with criminality is very rampant in the southern part of the country.
“It a problem people encounter especially our herders in the South, which is usually attached with criminal activities of some elements which are not necessarily the cattle rearers and herders. I urge them to stay in peace and live in peace wherever they are."
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to live in peace throughout the country in order to experience progress in all aspects of national life.
Mohammed had recently claimed that herders carried weapons because they needed to protect themselves and went further to criticise Ortom.
Ortom in his reaction through Terver Akase, his spokesperson, said he was disappointed in Mohammed's statement.
He said such utterances are capable of leading the country to anarchy. Going further, he wonders the section of the law the Bauchi state governor cited to support herdsmen’s free movement around the country with sophisticated weapons.
Also, Ortom wondered if the Bauchi governor knew how herdsmen were destroying lives and properties in some parts of the country.
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