Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over the poor handling of the crisis between herders and farmers.
The Governor who spoke at the opening of the 2021 Nigerian Bar Association’s annual conference in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said he is greatly concerned by the happenings in the country today.
Speaking on the theme, “ The imperatives of public interest in governance in Nigeria,” Mohammed said he supports the ban on open grazing by southern governors.
He clarified issues he had with Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu over the matter, saying that he is totally against criminalizing the Fulani.
Akeredolu, who earlier spoke at he event called on the Federal Government to finance and support animal husbandry farmers.
Describing Buhari’s administration as clueless, Mohammed said the grazing issue escalated when the current administration took office.
He said, “ I so much believe in Nigeria and what is happening today is giving me a lot of concerns. I know I have had altercations with my brother governor here when the issue of herders/ farmers was mentioned and Benue State Governor, ( Samuel Ortom).
“What the governor of Ondo State said is true. We as PDP governors gathered here ( Ibadan) last week and endorsed the position of southern governors. We did that, we made a lot of moderations to it.
“What I am against is ethnic profiling, criminalization of Fulani herdsmen. I will ever agree that all Fulani are criminals. A Fulani man is my hero just like Nnewi man who defies geographical challenges to be where he wants to be.
“Were we having this problem before? No. But why are we having it now? It is because of the cluelessness of this administration. Where are the Fulani killing people coming from?
“I agree with what he ( Akeredolu) said that the Federal Government and states should improve on the practice ( of animal husbandry).”