Escalating Insecurity: “Purchase guns, defend yourselves”, Masari advises Katsina residents

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has for the second time in one year advised residents of Katsina State to buy guns and defend themselves against bandits since it has become clear according to him that security officials alone cannot tackle insecurity in the State.

Recall that Katsina, like other North-western States of Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kebbi, has witnessed incessant attacks by terror groups. Hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped in Katsina this year with thousands more displaced from their homes.

Speaking during a media parley with newsmen at the Muhammadu Buhari House in Katsina, Masari said the number of security personnel is not enough to tackle the situation.

“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 stated.

Governor Masari further said the State government would help those who plan to own arms with the view to help bring an end to banditry in the State.

“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. When 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.

The governor said the Police would register all guns bought by the residents, in order to ensure that they are put to the right use.

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