Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

Insecurity: Governor lambasts governor for defending herdsmen’s carrying AK-47 in Nigeria

*How will a governor in this country today come out and say people should be allowed to carry arms when it is illegal? It will become very serious and nobody will be spared…. Statements like that must be condemned ─Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For defending the marauding herdsmen who bear arms and ammunition in Nigeria, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has condemned the statement credited to Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi State counterpart.

Mohammed had Friday, February 12 defended the herdsmen who bear arms, claiming they are being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers, and have no option but to carry AK-47 rifles for self-defence.

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State

The Ondo State Governor an interview on Channels Television Monday, February 15 also condemned South-West, South-East Governors, as well as Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the manner in which they are handling farmer-herder clashes in recent times.

Akeredolu questioned the Bauchi State Governor for defending herdsmen who carry arms and kill innocent Nigerians.

He said: “How will a governor in this country today come out and say people should be allowed to carry arms when it is illegal? And not just arms he says they should carry double barrel and co.

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

The governor further asked: “For what purpose? Bala Mohammed has even poured more petrol into the fire because his speech is unexpected of him.”

He noted: “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.”

Akeredolu, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on directing the Nigeria Police to arrest some herdsmen who bear arms and other criminal elements in the country.

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