“During Our Time We Used to Stand and Fight, I don’t Know Why People Run From Bandits” – Minister Of Defence

Nigerians Should Not Be Cowards When Attacked By Bandits

The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), says it is the responsibility of every citizen to be at alert amid the insecurity in Nigeria.

Magashi said this while addressing journalists as seen in a video posted on Twitter by AIT.

Magashi said, all Nigerians have a responsibility to ensure there is adequate security within their areas.

“Well, is it not 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, 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 also said that all abducted students would be rescued soon.

He said the service chiefs would swing into action immediately they are through with the screening exercise by the lawmakers and track down the kidnappers to rescue the children.

Magashi said, ”We have demonstrated our ability to take on the challenge. We have done it in Katsina; when children were kidnapped. Within two days, we got them back. Hopefully, this time, we will do the same (thing) to get these captives back. We are planning.

“We have not got feedback on the activities going on in Niger State. But I am sure that before the end of the day, we will be given a full brief on what is going on in Niger State.” 

The minister also dismissed the clamour from some quarters for Nigerians to be allowed to bear arms to defend themselves.

“It is an issue currently even in the developed country. They are still debating on whether to continue (to allow people to bear arms) or stop. But I don’t advise Nigerians to bear firearms for internal use,” he added.