Banditry attacks: Nigerians knock Defence Minister Magashi

By Benjamin Arida/:

Nigeria’s Defence Minister, Maj. General Bashir Salihi Magashi, has come under attacks after his gaffe that Nigerians should defend themselves when attacked by bandits.

He was speaking today following reports that 42 people, including 27 students were kidnapped by gunmen in Kagara, Niger State.

In a trending video, Magashi said it is not the sole responsibility of the military to fight bandits.

He said it is the responsibility of all

He wondered why Nigerians run scared after bandits or terrorists release some staccato of gun shots in the air.

“We should not be cowards. We should stand back and fight”, he said.

“At times the bandits will come with three rounds of ammunition. When they fire shots in the air, everybody will run.

“In our younger days, we tried to fight any aggressor.

“I don’t know why people are running away from minor things like that. They should stand and fight.

“And let these people know that even the villagers have the capacity to defend themselves”.

Some Nigerians were so annoyed by Magashi’s statement that they called for his resignation, as he has proven a failure in his duty as defence minister.

Here are some reactions by Nigerians:

M. Abba: I think the Minister of Defence wants to chase clout. What is we should’nt be corward? Life is priceless, you can’t tell an armless civilian to confront a bandit holding RPG/a powerful weapon.
11:04 PM · Feb 17, 2021

Harrison: Minister of Defence wants us to defend ourselves from bandits, like we’ve not been doing that with the police and the bandits.
11:35 PM · Feb 17, 2021

Shams A. Imam: The Minister of Defence indirectly told Nigerians that everyone is on his own.

Umar Sa’ad Hassan: Buhari’s Minister of Defence is saying people shouldn’t be cowards,they should stand up to bandits..I’m so shocked I don’t know what to say.
10:07 PM · Feb 17, 2021

Dr. Bello Salihu: Really, sir?
Even when the bandits are in hundreds each with AK47s, RPGs and & other deadly arsenal?
With what do we defend ourselves? Hoes & cutlasses?
Really, sir?
Where’s this line of thought coming from?
Now I’m truly confused.
Or is it that you know something we don’t?
11:03 PM · Feb 17, 2021

Buzz: Total balderdash! Absolute meaningless talk.
Asking civilians to stand and face armed bandits is totally a terrible advise. Body count go plenty!!! This govt is so bankrupt of ideas.
11:34 PM · Feb 17, 2021

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