This is War: Governor Asks Resident to Take Arms

The governor of Katsina State has stated that he was willing to assist Katsina residents who could provide lethal firearms for use against the marauding bandits.

The State Governor, Aminu Masari asked residents to combat bandits as security officials cannot do it alone.

Katsina, like Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi have experienced worsened insecurity as bandits continue to cause havoc.

Musari made the call while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari's house in Kastina.

“It’s Islamically allowed for one to defend himself against attack. One must rise to defend himself, his family and assets. If you die while trying to defend yourself, you’ll be considered a martyr. It’s surprising how a bandit would own a gun while a good man trying to defend himself and his family doesn’t have one,” the governor said.

Residents of the state, according to Aminu Masari, should gird themselves against the ravaging bandits, saying that if they die fighting the bandits terrorizing the state, they will become martyrs.

The State Governor, Aminu Masari
The State Governor, Aminu Masari

“We’ll support those who come with the initiative to procure arms because residents need to also complement the efforts of security agencies. These people (security agents) don’t have the number to protect the people.

"Then President Buhari came, he even tried by increasing the number of our security agents but it’s inadequate. Count it yourself, how many policemen do we have in this country? How many soldiers do we have?

“Even if we say every policeman should go back to his home state, it’ll still not be enough. So, if we fold arms and decide to do nothing, we’ll be the ones to suffer most,” he lamented.

He advised them to obtain firearms and other lethal weapons in order to fend off the bandits.

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