Minister of Defence Defends Buhari’s ‘Language They Understand’ Remark

Minister of Defence Defends Buhari’s ‘Language They Understand’ Remark

  • President Muhammadu Buhari is right to have threatened criminals disturbing the peace of the country according to Magashi
  • According to him, those who own a weapon cannot be allowed to stay alive because such weapons can be used against other people
  • Going further, he insisted that those fomenting trouble in Nigeria will be dealt with according to the directives of the president

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Nigeria's minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, said President Muhammadu Buhari is right to say that he would deal with the criminals terrorising the country “in the language they understand”.

According to the defence minister, there is nothing wrong with the president getting rid of those planning to destabilise the country, The Cable reports.

Minister of defence has defended Presdent Buhari’s ‘language they understand’ remark
Magashi has defended Buhari’s ‘language they understand’ remark. Photo: Nigerian Army
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He said:

“You cannot own a weapon illegally and be allowed to stay alive because that weapon can be used against you.

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“We will take on anybody who is carrying arms. Nigeria will not allow that to continue to happen. That is our message.”

They would be treated according to the law

Going further, he vowed that criminal elements in the country would be brought to book as the law will take its course against them.

He added:

“If you commit an offence, you will be arrested, tried and if you are guilty you will be punished. But for anybody picking arms against a soldier, you know what that means and we will also treat him according to the law."

Nigerian troops neutralise Boko Haram insurgents in Borno

Meanwhile, troops on Monday, June 28, recorded a massive victory over Boko Haram insurgents who tried to launch an attack on the Forward Operation Base at Bula Yobe in Borno.

A press statement released by Nwachukwu revealed that the soldiers were assisted by personnel of the Air Component.

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Nwachukwu noted that the soldiers were able to sustain the firefight and successfully killed about 12 of the terrorists, while others fled with gunshot wounds.

The troops also recovered one gun truck, one self-propelled Gun-9, one Dushika Gun and one mounted QJC Machine Gun. Other items captured are one Light Machine Gun and five AK 47 rifles.


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