Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), advised President Muhammad Buhari and Inspector General of Police Mohammad Adam to allow Nigerian municipalities to carry firearms in self-defense.
Speaking exclusively for the Lagos Daily Independent, Saghai said the federal government is shocked by various security concerns plaguing the nation, such as the Boko Haram uprising, banditry, kidnapping, pastoral attacks, and others added that Nigerians should be allowed to defend themselves in the event of an attack.
Unprovoked attacks by bandits, especially on villages, will be drastically reduced in the country if communities are allowed to arm themselves with weapons in self-defense, he said.
Comparing Nigeria today to its youth, Sagai said the level of insecurity is unprecedented today, adding that the country is witnessing unprecedented bloodshed, property destruction and the displacement of people from their homes. and from the workplace.
“The country has become so dangerous. There is a lot going on these days. You have kidnappers, bandits, Fulani shepherds, Boko Haram. The reality is that there is no safe place in the country. Traveling on the roads today is a very risky undertaking that is unlikely to be undertaken. Consequently, the country is completely insecure.
“I don’t know what went wrong, why our people became so cruel and cruel. People no longer feel safe outside the home. I’m not even sure if anyone in their house is completely safe.
“I would like to propose to the government to allow ordinary Nigerians to carry weapons. Anyone who wishes to carry a weapon as a form of self-defense should be allowed to do so. This is so that when these bandits and thugs attack them, they know that the person they attacked is able to defend themselves.
“All these restrictions on gun ownership should be lifted. Let the general public have weapons, especially in all those villages where they are killed. Their people should be given weapons so that when the attackers arrive, they too will be challenged to scare them off in the future. ”
“We have had cases when bandits attacked villages, but people could not defend themselves. When the Chekists enter, the intruders are gone. They will look for a break and start a new attack. It will end if people can protect themselves. ”
Removing the blame from President Muhammad Bukhari, Sagay said that any other government would be suppressed as no one could have foreseen the flood of attacks that would occur in all parts of the country.
“Let me tell you that there is a tendency to blame the president, but that is not the president’s fault. I am not a sociologist, but it seems to me that society is developing in the wrong direction. It has nothing to do with the government.
“Of course, it could have something to do with poverty, unemployment and so on. But it can be seen everywhere, both in urban and rural areas. Aren’t these the rural areas of Zamfara, Taraba, Yobe? We can say that urban youth are unemployed, what is the justification for rural youth? It looks like some kind of virus has appeared. “
“In truth, the government is suppressed because no government expects such an attack from all sides. It is as if all unbelievers of different genders and denominations held a conference at which they agreed that they should torture and torment the country at the same time.
“So it’s difficult and it’s not the government’s fault. This is the moment we are in. Any other government would face a dilemma over this. This is so amazing! We don’t have enough security forces to deal with all this, ”he said.