By Mallam Musbahu Magayaki
The Zamfara State Government has officially directed the inhabited communities of the state to carry arms for self-defence as a result of the insurmountable bandit’s attack shattering the state, leading to the destruction of lives and personal possessions of the zone’s commoners. This action, however, would add fuel to the sad development unfolding in the state and beyond by potentially making it unmanageable because everyone would have a gun to protect himself from these foreboding omens. This defensive stance would lead to an offensive.
The government should therefore be conscious that the Ukraine war, which induced President Volodymyr Zelensky to ring up civilians to take up arms in defence of Russia’s invasion of their state, was the result of Russia’s military outmatching Ukraine’s on every level. This implies that the Ukrainian military may be unable to withstand and deter a full-scale invasion.
Mexico should be a case of study as it became a precedent in the past that was destabilised by its innermost citizens when they were constitutionally allowed to hold weapons for self-defence. As such, we need to be thoroughly observing the situations in those developed countries and be capable of identifying those areas where they erred so that we would avoid repeating what they did.
Although Nigeria is one of the biggest African countries with military power, the one million dollar questions are: is our military number insufficient to strike back against these outlaws’ threat? Or are they not functioning effectively in this hazardous assignment? This action would seriously make the efforts of our brave military less appreciative as, in reality, they have been audaciously doing their best to safeguard our lives and properties day-in-day-out.
In a country like Nigeria, where a breach of law has prevalently become the norm, what can be expected to happen devastatingly if a citizen takes up arms? This is a wrong decision that should be changed to a better option. Moreover, what is the essence of creating various security units in the country if they cannot be utilised to defeat those terrorising the country?
Instead of coming up with this irrational idea, why not engage the state vigilantes, empower them with advanced sophisticated weaponry, and train them with military tactics to strengthen our military capacity? Zamfara government should, head over heels, request support from the Federal Government in employing more civilians for this vigilante unit in different angles of the state to fight these law violators.
Simply put, the government has shown its ineptitude in the fight against terrorism. Nonetheless, Borno State has faced more challenges from Boko Haram militias than Zamfara State, but its governor has never come up with the wrong notion of state dwellers carrying arms.
Mallam Musbahu Magayaki wrote from Sabon Fegi, Azare, Bauchi State via email@example.com.
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