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PDP calls for Defence Minister’s sack for asking Nigerians to face heavily armed bandits with bare hands

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd)

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate sack of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

The call for his sack came as the party’s response to the call by the Defence Minister for Nigerians to face heavily armed bandits with bare hands.

In a statement titled, ‘Abdication: PDP demands defence minister’s sacking’, issued by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the minister’s statement as reckless and irresponsible.

“The PDP demands the immediate sacking of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), for abdicating his statutory duties and asking unarmed Nigerians to defend themselves against armed aggression by bandits and terrorists.

“It is unthinkable that a government would describe unarmed victims of armed aggression of terrorist and bandits as ‘cowards’ while those who were elected and given the necessary resources to defend them recede in the comfort and safety of their offices in Abuja.

“Such disposition to security; a statutory responsibility of government, goes to validate apprehensions that our nation is indeed descending to a failed state under the Buhari Presidency, where government can no longer perform its duties while unarmed citizens are left to confront bandits and warlords.”

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