Insecurity: Allowing Nigerians to bear arms to defend themselves: House Leader

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, ado doguwa (APC, Kano), has applied for firearms permits for Nigerians willing to defend themselves against the failure of security agencies to protect lives and property. Doguwa made the call on Thursday during a debate on a motion of urgent importance tabled by Shehu Balarabe (PDP, Kaduna) on the killings in Kaduna state. Terrorists have killed dozens in Kaduna and other northern states, in addition to killings by armed groups elsewhere in Nigeria in recent years. On Monday, an Abuja-Kaduna train was attacked by terrorists, killing at least eight people. The incident occurred a few days after security was breached at Kaduna airport. “If the security agencies have failed, then Nigerians should not be seen as failures,” Doguwa said, noting that the option would be for Nigerians to be allowed to defend themselves. Speaking further, the House leader said that if the problem of insecurity could be tackled democratically, “Nigerians should be allowed to return to the jungle.” Doguwa, who usually defends the executive on the House floor, said Nigerians can no longer run away from the fight, but must be given what they need to defend themselves. “In all sense of responsibility, I think that Nigerians at this time should also be allowed to take up arms. Nigerians should be allowed to take up arms in defense of their innocent souls, to defend their hard-earned property because it is such a monumental failure. “If the security agencies have failed, then Nigerians should not be seen as failures. That Nigerians organize themselves in the way of civil defense. Let Nigeria organize the defense of their innocent souls because if the government’s responsibility cannot be carried out democratically, then we are back in the jungle,” he said. A government that can’t protect lives shouldn’t last: APC lawmaker Another top House official, Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno), the whip chief, said any government that fails to protect lives and property should not last longer than necessary. “Any government that fails or refuses to secure the lives and property of citizens, that government is not supposed to last longer than absolutely necessary. Because that is the primacy of governance,” he said. Terrorism as a source of income for the military Ahmadu Jaha (APC, Borno), who represents Damboa/Gwazo/Chibok Federal Constituency, an area devastated by terrorists, accused the military of intentionally prolonging the fight against insurgents and bandits for financial reasons. Jaha argued that as long as the country continues to pump money into defense, the military will continue to see fighting terrorists as a “source of revenue.” “In 2021, we budgeted N460 billion for the Nigerian military alone, only N29 billion was for capital expenditures, the rest was for recurring expenses. In 2022, we budgeted N571 billion for the Nigerian military alone, only N37 billion is capital expenditure, the rest was recurrent expenditure. President, the truth of the matter is that security in Nigeria has become a cash cow business. I am not willing to go without taking mine and he is not willing to go taking his and the other person is not willing to leave until he gets his. “It’s like a doctor who puts professionalism aside. You introduced a patient, as a relative of a patient, you say okay, every month I will give you 100 million naira until the patient recovers or not. The doctor will make sure that the patient does not die and will continue to maintain that he does not recover because he will continue to collect the money. It is a simple analysis that every person can understand. “Mr. President, it is a dairy cow business, they do not want (insecurity) to end. Because they will realize that everyone’s attention was diverted to the Northeast. Okay, let them drop Northeast to a certain extent and go Northwest after Northwest moves Southwest. Before you know what is happening, the entire country is full of security challenges.” Jaha also accused a lawmaker of writing a letter of praise to one of the service chiefs, saying he is doing well. Although Jaha did not reveal the lawmaker’s name, however, he said that he “will deal with the lawmaker and shock the lawmaker.” At this point, the chairman, Vice-Chairman Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), warned Mr. Jaha for using strong words on the floor of the House. Consequently, Mr. Jaha withdrew the statement. Also contributing to the motion, Dahung Bagos (PDP, Plateau), called for the suspension of the allocation of money to the defense sector, which, he said, receives the allocations “with nothing to show.” Incompetent Safety Committee Chairman As the debate unfolded, the vice president called House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Shaaban Sharada (APC, Kano), accusing him of not doing his job. Wase said the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committee has yet to submit a single report to the House, despite several references to the committee. advertisements “I’m not aware of a report that has been delivered by the Committee on Homeland Security and Intelligence, I don’t know,” he said. Corroborating Mr. Sharada’s alleged inefficiency, the House chairman said that his bill was the first to be considered by the 9th House, but Mr. Sharada did not deliver the report until the committee was cleared of that responsibility. “Regarding committee, I can also recall that the first bill that passed for second reading is my bill, which is the Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill. That bill was referred to the homeland security committee, but so far, there is no report to the extent that it had to go and appeal to Mr. Speaker, who had to create an ad hoc committee. That is the extent to which the committee has not acted,” he said. Mr. Sharada is a first-time lawmaker with no previous intelligence or security experience, but he served as a press aide to Mr. Buhari. He was elected to the House in 2019. After the debate, the Chamber resolved that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Akali, deploy personnel in the region. In addition, the government was ordered to establish IDP camps in Kaduna state. After the motion was put to a vote, Mr. Wase said that the House should suspend all elements of the order document and adjourn plenary. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Insecurity: Allowing Nigerians to bear arms to defend themselves: House Leader