Offer in Nigeria: Kalashnikov against cows

In the North of Nigeria is tense, the security situation for years. Armed militias attacked shops, set it on fire, steal cereals and kidnap people.Least 21 peop

Offer in Nigeria: Kalashnikov against cows

In the North of Nigeria is tense, the security situation for years. Armed militias attacked shops, set it on fire, steal cereals and kidnap people.Least 21 people were killed in an attack in the state of Zamfara. In the past ten years, 8000 people were killed, according to an estimate by the International Crisis Group in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and neighboring Niger. The Foreign office advises against travel in this Region urgent.

in Order to become the bad situation, to be submitted to the Governor of Zamfara, the bandits now have an offer: turn in your AK-47 and disengage from violence, they receive two cows from the state. "These Criminals are now remorseful, had initially sold their cows to buy weapons," says Bello Matawalle, the Governor of the state of Zamfara. "Now, where you want to live a life without crime, we ask you to give your AK-47 us and to get in exchange of two cows."

The Governor hoping to make the breakthrough for the violent conflict in his state. The bandits are supposed to have in the woods to their camp, which wants to dissolve the Governor as well. Be attributed to the attacks of the Fulani. This ethnic group, with 35 million people, one of the larger groups of the population in West Africa and one of the last great nomadic peoples of the world. Since they are divided into 15 States, they form only a minority. Traditionally, they live in breeding pastoral nomads of the cattle.

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Whether the Governor will have with his idea for the disarmament of success is questionable: A cow has in the North of Nigeria, has a value of about 280 euros, a Kalashnikov converted to more than 1300 euros. A Reporter for the "BBC" reported. Due to water scarcity, distribution battles, and ongoing desertification, it comes to conflicts with farmers, on whose Land they leave their cattle to Graze.

Updated Date: 17 July 2020, 16:19

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