Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has asked Nigerians to defend themselves against bandits and not to always wait for government interventions.
The governor challenged residents, saying they should fight the criminal groups with their teeth and not wait for President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to shield them.
Naija News understands that Masari stated this in a video now viral on social media.
“It is important for you to fight your enemy, even with your teeth bite him. Where are the warriors? I don’t understand our people these days. What they should be doing is not what they are doing,” Mr Masari said in the Hausa language.
He added, “You are waiting for brigadier somewhere to come, or soldiers and policemen or even fighting (sic) jet, is it not possible, they will do their work, but we need to join hands together.”
Naija News understands that Masari is Challenging Nigerians to defend themselves from bandits who are equipped with dreadful weapons such as RPGs and Ak47.
The governor is suggesting the use of teeth bites, the use of bow & arrows againnst sophisticated weapons.
Meanwhile, Masari have in the last month asserted that it was irresponsible of Nigerians to expect the police or military to protect them against bandits, charging Nigerians to protect themselves.
Though he admitted that the bandits were armed, Mr Masari chastised victims of bandits’ violence for running away when attacked.
“The only difference is that they have taken arms against us; does it mean we have nothing to take against them?” Do we mean we should vacate all our villages, all our farms, all our houses, and surrender them to bandits, and wait for police officer Emeka from Enugu to come to Katsina and rescue me? This is ridiculous,” Mr Masari complained.
In February, defence minister Bashir Magshi berated Nigerians for running away from their communities due to “minor shootings” by bandits.
“I don’t know why people are running from minor things like that. They should stand and let these people know that even the villagers have the competency and capability to defend themselves,” said Mr Magashi.