I Only Asked Nigerians To Be More Courageous — Defence Minister Defends Comment Amid Backlash


The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has defended his earlier remark that Nigerians ought to cease being cowards and battle towards bandits’ assault.

Magashi had whereas addressing newsmen on Wednesday stated Nigerians ought to be brave sufficient when bandits fireplace “minor” photographs.



He had stated: “At occasions, the bandits will solely include about three rounds of ammunition, once they fireplace photographs all people runs. In our youthful days, we stand to battle any aggression coming for us…

“I don’t know why individuals are working from minor issues like that. They need to stand and let these individuals know that even the villagers have the competency and functionality to defend themselves.”

His remark had generated public criticism with many Nigerians accusing him of being insensitive to the plights of residents amid rising insecurity within the nation.










However reacting on Thursday, Magashi stated he didn’t ask Nigerians to kill each other, however that those that are being attacked ought to study to make sacrifices and resist working and shield themselves within the little approach they will.

“I didn’t say they need to go and kill themselves, however they need to watch and see what is going to occur earlier than they take the step of abandoning their home just because any individual has made a shot or two. That’s what I was attempting to say, I didn’t say Nigerians ought to defend themselves.










“I solely stated that each assault shouldn’t be seen as ‘if I don’t run away there’s nothing else I can do’. There are such a lot of methods you possibly can defend your self, you possibly can conceal and watch what he’s doing and as quickly as he exhausts his power, then you possibly can run over him that’s what I imply.”

Talking additional, he suggested Nigerians to be extra brave and “If there are one or two individuals taking pictures within the air simply to scare them, steal their issues or kidnap some individuals”.

Based on him, the villagers can resist assaults by understanding easy methods of defending themselves.

“What number of homes can they enter earlier than they end their ammunition?” Magashi quipped.

Asked how these attacked can defend themselves towards bandits, the minister reiterated that they need to not exhibit cowardice and “see the primary try as a wakeup name, end up in a superb place, in the event that they need to overrun you, then you definately run away.”

He stated: “There isn’t any want to permit small individuals on two bikes to come back and destroy an entire village, that’s what I imply and they need to know that the individuals there’ll resist them. In the event that they (bandits) know that they are often resisted, then they most likely can want extra firepower to come back there, earlier than they’ve that energy, the army or police ought to have that data which they may come and shield them in additional power and dedication that’s what I imply (sic).”

On if Nigerians ought to bear arms, the minister maintained that the time will not be auspicious sufficient because the Nigerian authorities must be extra ready.

“I don’t suppose it’s an applicable time for Nigerians to be armed. I suppose we’d like extra time to consider it, extra enlightenment. The nation ought to be properly ready to grasp the sacrifices that one does, everybody ought to know their limitations, there are legislation and order and there’s respect for human rights. If all these are achieved, most likely we will enable some individuals to carry arms.”



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