Pan- Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Thursday , lambasted the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), over the comment made by the Minister of Defence, Maj . Gen . Bashir Magashi (retd . ), that Nigerians should defend themselves amid the security challenges in the country.
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Speaking in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, National Publicity Secretary of the group , Yinka Odumakin, said the minister’ s comment showed that the President has failed in its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and properties of citizens.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the minister of Wednesday said , “It is the responsibility of everybody to keep alert and to find safety when necessary . But we shouldn ’ t be cowards .
“ At times, the bandits will only come with about three rounds of ammunition , when they fire shots everybody runs. In our younger days , we stand to fight any aggression coming for us . ”
The comment generated outrage on social media with many Nigerians calling for the government to licence citizens to bear arms in order to confront criminal elements , especially in the face of increasing bandits’ attacks in almost every part of the country.
Reacting , Odumakin said , “The comment of the defence minister shows that Buhari has failed . Are we supposed to defend ourselves with bare hands when they (criminals ) are with guns ? Only Fulani herdsmen are carrying AK – 47 all over Nigeria today and you are asking us to defend ourselves with bare hands against AK – 47?
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“ The token from that statement is that we (Buhari regime ) have failed, we can no longer defend you . That was what he (Magashi ) was telling us .