The minister of Defence Minister Maj- Gen. Bashir Magashi, has given Nigerians a tall order asking them to stand and face heavily armed bandit even when Nigerians are not allowed to own guns.
Magashi wants unarmed, untrained Nigerians not to be cowards but to confront the daredevil bandits whenever they come attacking their communities.
He made this demand, Wednesday, February 17 while speaking with newsmen after the House of Representatives screening of the service chiefs.
While reacting to the abduction of 27 students of the Government Science College, Kagara in Niger state, the Defence chief said;
”Is (security issue) the responsibility of the military alone? We shouldn’t be cowards. It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary. We shouldn’t be cowards.
“Sometimes 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”