Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said farmers should be allowed to carry AK-47 rifles so that they can defend themselves against criminal herdsmen.
Governor Ortom stated this while answering questions from newsmen at the Makurdi airport on his arrival for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) meeting in Abuja.
He said that a situation whereby herdsmen carried sophisticated weapons like the AK-47 rifle and farmers are asked to defend themselves with cutlass and Dane guns is unfair.
“Farmers should be allowed to carry weapons consummate to the weapons herdsmen are carrying about, killing people,” Ortom said.
He said he was happy that the House Representative is working towards a legislation whereby every Nigerian will have weapons to defend themselves.
“Let everyone have weapons, so that we can face each other[; not when you have cutlass and Dane guns to face someone with AK-47.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Governor Samuel Ortom had asked the Benue people to pick up weapons not prohibited by law for self-defense against Fulani herdsmen.