The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), has asked Nigerians to summon courage and stand up to gunmen wreaking havoc across the nation.
Magashi stated this on Wednesday while speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the screening of Service Chiefs by the House of Representatives.
The Defence Minister discribed the gunmen as cowards, saying that Nigerians have the responsbility to ensure there is adequate security around them.
“Well, is it the responsibility of the military alone? It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary.”
“We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes the bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fire shots, everybody will run. In our younger days, we stand to fight any form of aggression.
“Why should people run away from minor aggressions? We should stand and face them. If these people know that the people have the competence and capability to defend themselves, they will run away.”
The Minister however rejected the idea of Nigerians to be allowed to bear arms for self defence.
“It is an issue currently even in the developed country. They are still debating on whether to continue (to allow people bear arms) or stop. But I don’t advice Nigerians to bear fire arms for internal use,” he added.
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