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 in opposition to bandits’ assault.

Magashi had whereas addressing newsmen on Wednesday mentioned Nigerians must be brave sufficient when bandits fireplace “minor” pictures.

He had mentioned: “At instances, the bandits will solely include about three rounds of ammunition, once they fireplace pictures everyone runs. In our youthful days, we stand to battle any aggression coming for us…

“I don’t know why persons 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 mentioned 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 defend themselves within the little approach they’ll.

“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 person has made a shot or two. That’s what I was making an attempt to say, I didn’t say Nigerians ought to defend themselves.

“I solely mentioned 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 disguise and watch what he’s doing and as quickly as he exhausts his energy, 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 capturing 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 strategies 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 in opposition to bandits, the minister reiterated that they need to not exhibit cowardice and “see the primary try as a wakeup name, end up in an excellent place, in the event that they need to overrun you, then you definately run away.”

He mentioned: “There is no such thing as a 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 in all probability can want extra firepower to come back there, earlier than they’ve that energy, the army or police ought to have that info which they are going to come and defend them in additional energy and dedication that’s what I imply (sic).”

On if Nigerians ought to bear arms, the minister maintained that the time is just not 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 want extra time to consider it, extra enlightenment. The nation must be effectively 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, in all probability we will permit some individuals to carry arms.”

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