SAGAY TO BUHARI: Allow Nigerians to carry guns to protect themselves

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Nigerians to carry firearms.Sagay, a senior advocate of Nigeria, urged Buhari and the Inspec­tor General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to allow Nigerians to protect themselves.Daily Independent, the professor said security challenges such as Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen at­tacks, etc. has overwhelmed the government.

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Nigerians to carry firearms.Sagay, a senior advocate of Nigeria, urged Buhari and the Inspec­tor General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to allow Nigerians to protect themselves.Daily Independent, the professor said security challenges such as Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen at­tacks, etc. has overwhelmed the government. He said, “The country has become so dangerous. All sorts of things are happening nowa­days. You have kidnappers, bandits, Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram. The reality is that there is nowhere that is safe in the country. Travelling by road today is a very risky endeavour that one will hard­ly try. So, there is a total insecu­rity in the country.“I don’t know what has gone wrong, why our people have become so violent and savage. Individuals no lon­ger feel safe outside their own house. I am not even sure that one is safe in his own home.“What I will like to suggest to the government is that it should allow ordinary Nigeri­ans to carry arms. Everybody who wants to bear arms as a form of self-defence should be allowed to do so. This is necessary so that when these bandits and miscreants attack them, they will know that the person they attacked can defend himself.

“All these restrictions on owning weapons should be lifted. Let the public be allowed to own weapons, especially in all those villages where they are being massacred. Their men should be given weapons so that when the attackers come, they will also be given a chal­lenge which may discourage them in future.”

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