As Lalong, opposition bicker over herdsmen/farmers about AK-47

Gov. Simon Lalong

What was meant to be a normal television discussion over the spate of insecurity in the country has turned out to be a political war in Plateau state. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU writes.

Lately, the governor of Plateau state, Mr Simon Lalong, perhaps harped on the truth when he said that like herders, farmers also carry AK-47 in the course of their activities, an assertion that has attracted myriads of discussions.

Lalong was responding to questions having featured on a television programme where the issue of insecurity dominated the discussion with specificity on livestock and farming groups as factors of crisis and insecurity.

Laying the facts bare

From the onset, Lalong gave reasons why he rejected the proposed Rural Grazing Area programme otherwise known as RUGA settlement for herdsmen in the state. According to him, the programme is alien to him and some of his colleagues as it was not discussed and agreed at the National Economic Council meeting.

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