- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue believes that the issue of insecurity will be over in Nigeria if the federal government heeds his suggestions
- The Benue governor called on the government to allow responsible citizens to carry sophisticated arms in protecting others
- Ortom said this should be backed and controlled by law in order to avoid illegal possession of arms
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has given his submission on the best way the federal government can frontally tackle Nigeria's insecurity from the grassroots.
During a virtual meeting attended by members of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), on Wednesday, August 12, Ortom called on the government to allow those he refers to as responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons like AK47 so as to protect others.
As part of his suggestions, the Benue governor advocated more funding from the government and stakeholders for Nigeria's security agencies and regular training of their operatives to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insurgency and all forms of violent crimes.
He also mentioned that more youths should be gainfully employed as a way of getting them profitably busy and distracted from crimes.
Similar to this, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed worry over the source of arms to terrorists and bandits in the country despite border closure.
During a closed-door meeting with service chiefs and state governors in Abuja on Tuesday, August 11, President Buhari tabled some critical questions to the leadership of the military and other security agencies in the country.
The Nigerian leader queried the service chiefs how come the insurgents who operate within the country are never short of weapons to strike terror and unleash havoc on innocent citizens.
He asked the service chiefs: “These terrorists are in the localities. How is it that they are not short of small arms?”
As part of the resolution in the meeting, the president called on the military to develop a joint strategy to end terrorism in all parts of Nigeria.
The service chiefs also agreed to take measures to protect communities in a bid to boost confidence in the military against the activities of the insurgents.
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