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Monday, 15 February 2021

Terrorism: Bala's Endorsement Of Herdsmen Self-Defence Mechanism, A Prelude For Nigerians' Arms Bearing

 Terrorism: Bala's Endorsement Of Herdsmen Self-Defence Mechanism, A Prelude For Nigerians' Arms Bearing


The Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Bala Mohammed's spirited effort to justify the possession of AK 47 automatic riffles by Fulani herdsmen only, is to say the least, most irresponsible. It should be noted here that both himself as a state governor and the Nigerian government, have failed in their responsibilities, to publicly condemn the excesses of these killers, thereby inadvertently endorsing firearms bearing particularly, AK47 rifles to Fulani Herdsmen under the pretext of self-defence. 

The governor stated in unmistakable terms that the Fulani herdsmen have the right to bear firearms for self protection while roaming the bushes and forests of other indigenous land owners. However, the principal actors of the Nigerian government have woefully failed in their responsibilities to caution the cynical governor of Bauchi State against his mischievousness through his justification of the menace of terrorism activities being arrogantly perpetrated by his Fulani kinsmen throughout Nigeria. Bala Mohammed's utterance is both callous and provocative.

With such level of reckless impunity being exhibited by a serving governor, it therefore becomes quite obvious that the Nigerian government wants everyone to expressly indulge in the purchase of guns to readily defend themselves against attacks from whosoever, whatever that means. Thorough investigation into the menace of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, mindless killings, destruction of farmlands, raping of women and other related violent crimes all over Nigeria, are traceable to the handiwork of the marauding Fulani killer herdsmen. 

It could also be rightly said that nobody attacks these Fulanis anywhere as no other tribe within the federation freely moves around with firearms besides these people. The mischievous governor Bala Mohammed should rather dissipate his energy by encouraging the indigenous Siyawa and Jukun tribes around Bauchi State to  get armed and defend their peasant farmers against the attacking Fulani herdsmen instead of throwing his weight behind these gun welding Fulani killer herdsmen that are terrorizing everybody.

Bala Mohammed and his Aso Rock backers have indirectly made an open declaration that everyone should embark on securing firearms for self-defence against whomever the assailants may be. This hinges on the fact that self-defence is profitable to Fulani herdsmen only even in a country where Gun Control Laws and Firearms Possession Prohibition Act, is in place. It should also be clearly stated here that such is equally good for Biafrans, Oduduwas and other tribes across the Middle Belt. And should persons of other tribes be seen brandishing firearms, let the Nigeria security forces not raise eyes browse just as the Fulani herdsmen brazenly enjoy the liberty and support of arms bearing across the country.


Written by Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu

For Family Writers Press International

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