Samuel Ortom the Governor of Benue state, on Wednesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to allow ‘responsible citizens’ to carry guns such as AK47 to prevent criminals from attacking harmless Nigerian citizens.
Benue Governor made this statement in a paper obtained by Channelstv, which was presented by him (Ortom) yesterday during the virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.
In the paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’, the Governor mentioned that governments at all levels must agreee with the fact that insecurity is a big threat to the development of the country and be willing to sincerely battle the threat.
He also suggested appropriate funding of security agencies and continuous training of their personnel to enable them to be aware of global movements in the fight against insecurity.
Recall that president Buhari promised to properly equip the military with more arms. The President told the governors of the immediate shipment of weapons and aircraft from Jordan, China and the United States, but again asked for patience and tolerance on the part of the public because the new weapons and aircraft must be handled by trained fighters and pilots who must first receive adequate training.
His words: “They are cooperating with us concerning Boko haram, we are making steady progress with Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon,” he said, while stating again that intelligence-gathering must improve to be able to track small arms in the North-West, North-Central and North-East states,’’ the President said.
He also expressed contentment with the level of naval activities in the Gulf of Guinea, using newly-acquired equipment, but demanded that places that are hard to reach like areas of Lake Chad where Boko Haram terrorists have made their new homes, as well as the forests now inhabited by bandits, must be accessed and rid of.
“The Chief of Defence Staff has spoken about their study of the forests and their potential danger to security. We must make sure we follow the bandits and terrorists, but there must not be any form of deforestation, in view of the climate situation.’’