Nigeria’s Defence Minister, General Bashir Magashi, has charged Nigerians not to ‘’be cowards’’ and take responsibility for their safety amidst increased banditry, kidnapping, and insecurity challenges confronting the country. The minister made the remarks while addressing newsmen after the House of Representatives screened service chiefs on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. General Bashir’s statement hit Nigerians who expect the government to protect their lives as a big shock raising questions towards the level of incompetence in the Nigerian governance.
Is it (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
General Bashir Magashi
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