Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), has asked Nigerians to show courage and shun “cowardice” in the face of attacks by bandits.
Magashi’s comment comes hours after gunmen attacked Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, northern part of the country, killing a student and abducting over 30 students and staff according to the State Governor, Abubakar Bello.
Speaking with journalists after the screening of service chiefs by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the minister noted that security shouldn’t be left alone to the military.
He stated that Nigerians must join the fight against bandits and other criminals threatening the nation’s peace.
“Well, is it not the responsibility of the military alone? It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary,” Magashi said.
“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.”
When quizzed if he supports the calls for legislation to have civilians bear firearms in the country, he said he doesn’t support them.
Meanwhile, the minister promised Nigerians that all abducted students would be rescued as soon as possible.
Magashi added that the government will replicate the strategy used in freeing the Kankara schoolboys to obtain success in freeing the Kagara students and staff.