Reactions trail Katsina Governor’s call for people to bear arms for self defense.

Written by on August 19, 2021

Northern socio-political organization, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Middle Belt Forum have thrown their weight behind the call by Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, on the people of his state to arm and defend themselves against bandits.

Masari had earlier advised the people of the state to arm and defend themselves against bandits.

The governor said, it is morally wrong for people to submit meekly to the bandits without any attempt to defend themselves as Security is everybody’s business.

But the ACF on Wednesday joined the Katsina governor to ask northerners to take up arms and defend themselves against the rampaging bandits in the region.

The forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, told newsmen in a chat on Wednesday that the organisation was in full support of Masari’ s order, adding that Governor Masari has said the right thing.

Explaining that Masari’s call mandating Katsina people to arm themselves against bandits terrorising communities in the state was in order as Yawe argued that it had been proven that bandits dreaded local hunters more than the regular forces.

On its part, the Middle Belt Forum expressed the need for government to buy and equip the people with weapons to enable them to defend themselves against terrorists’ attacks

The National President of the MBF, Dr Bitrus Pogu, told newsmen while reacting to Masari’s call on the people of his state to arm and defend themselves against bandits.

Pogu, who described the call as a welcome development, said, If the governor has come to the reality of the security challenge facing the people, then let him go a step further and help the people to defend themselves.

Also, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) said self-defence remained the constitutional and universal rights of citizens.

The spokesperson for SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, said but for the brutal clampdown on firearms on Southern Kaduna, the destruction of lives and property in the area would have been minimal.

He added that the umbrella body of the people of the southern part of Kaduna would soon approach the court on the matter.

However, the Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, described the call by the Katsina State governor as a dangerous trend, adding that if the instrument of violence was spread among the citizenry, the country would be heading for doom.

The spokesman for Ohanaeze, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, who also spoke with newsmen, said instead of calling for citizens to arm themselves, the Federal Government should sit up before it is too late.

Credit: Punch

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