The Federal Government has asked Nigerians not to listen to Governor Aminu Masari and Samuel Ortom of Katsina and Benue State respectively, on the advice they gave Nigerians to acquire arms to enable them to protect themselves from bandits that are ravaging many parts of the North.
In a statement by the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Dingyadi, at the second annual media briefing at Force headquarters in Abuja, he said that the Buhari administration is not in support of people buying weapons to defend themselves, stressing that governor Masari and Ortom are just stating their opinion which is not the position of the federal government.
He said that what the governors mean is that the people should support the government in protecting themselves and their neighbourhood in what he calls community policing.
He advised Nigerians to contribute their quota in solving the security problem of the country but no one should do anything illegal in the name of self- defence.
” I think we should know that we are in Nigeria, where everybody is entitled to his opinion. I think the governor has the right to canvass for what he thinks is right in his state, “
“Of course, we shouldn’ t expect the people to just be sleeping without taking measures to ensure that they secure themselves, they secure their neighbours and they secure their communities. That is the essence of community policing.
” So, we need to have the support and partnership of Nigerians in the efforts we are making towards fighting crimes and criminalities. I think that is what the governor is talking about.
” Everybody should contribute his quota towards fighting crimes. We are not saying people should take arms illegally.
” What we’ re saying is that people should get ready in whatever it takes to do so, to ensure that we protect ourselves, we protect our neighbours, we protect our communities.