Army General says Nigerians should be allowed to carry arms to defeat Boko Haram

Boko Haram members

The General spoke on Thursday in Sokoto

If Nigeria is to ‘holistically’ win the war against terrorism, its citizens must be allowed to defend themselves, by carrying arms, an army commander has said.

The Commander, 1 Brigade, of the Nigerian Army, Tasi’u Ibrahim, said Nigerians should be allowed the right to defend themselves if the country was to win the war against terrorism.

Mr. Ibrahim, a Brigadier General, made the call in Sokoto while  addressing the Brigade’s 2014 Officers Training Day.

He stressed that this was one of the measures that should be adopted “if Nigeria is to holistically win the ongoing war on terror.”

According to him, this is being practiced in developed nations of the world.

Mr. Ibrahim listed other measures needed to defeat Boko Haram to include strict monitoring and severe restriction on the importation of certain goods being used to aid and abet such crimes.

He stated that such goods included motorcycles.

“It has been proved that a good number of the insurgents use them (motorcycles) for their attacks,” he said.

“A good number of those selling petty things by the roadside in most of the nation’s cities are simply easy preys in the hands of these insurgents.’’

He also expressed concern with town planners in the country, “who allow the erection of illegal shops scattered all over the nation’s major cities.”

He called for urgent review of national planning system, settlement patterns and borders to check terrorism in the country.

The commander also reacted to the Senate’s directive that the Chief of Army Staff should move to Borno to help quell the Boko Haram insurgency there.

He said the Chief of Army Staff does not necessarily have to relocate to the insurgency-prone states.

“The Chief of Army Staff  is everywhere already, hence his representatives across the nation,” he said.

He advised that national resources should be deployed in earnest towards addressing the ugly situation since “the army is just but a fraction of the national powers.’’



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  • idn1

    You have not controlled the few with arms and you want to give more. I can do a better job for free. What a suggestion from an army chief.

    • Jr IBE

      Finally a reasonable comment! Thank you.

  • poormandesofa

    In total agreement with this general.I have thought of this long time ago because if you don’t war,you are advised to arm against it.the fear of government is the proliferation of arm even after boko haram.but it will solve the short term measure because these murderers do not have complete monopoly of terror!I could be one now if I decide to become ruthless.

  • Boy

    What a nonsense aidea. Even the Americans with effective policing and criminal justice system are tired of killing due to guns right, compare America with UK where even carrying kitchen knife around is a serious crime, those killings happening in America is not there in UK. I think this general is the dampest general ever.

  • Muslim

    It seems Army don’t now what to say again,Let DSS do their job of intelligence gathering and not picking activist after any constructive criticisms of Goverment.Let the funds earmarked for Army reaches it’s destination.Let Immigration and other border patrol security agencies do their job,Let our top security Agents,Diplomats and other well meaning Individuals reaches out to all our border countries to seek their support especially Chad Republic where Arms from Libya got its way

  • Prince Eze

    The Army General sure has a point and he is entitled to his view though such views should be but on check regarding his standing and corporate position in society. In as much as i would have cherished such an idea, however, I would like to suggest for a similar measures to be abducted in the fight against all social MISCREANTS.

    My Name PRINCE aka His Majesty

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    The best way to stop the killings is for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to surrender to PDP. If one carefully look at things, he will observe that our leaders are always smiling when the killings are going on. At times the soldiers were withdrawn before the killings get started. They should take a look and see – other states in the region that are control by PDP they are relatively safe. Safe perhaps because PDP owns the security forces

  • sadiq

    i think the general is right since people assign to protect u have failed is better u stand up and protect ur self ,i dont think we even have to wait for the generals advice before we do the right thing. be wise

  • Hassan Zanna Boguma

    Good talk. That should be the perception of our military top brass not shadow chasing and empty threats.

  • Jr IBE

    I know finally this will be becoming out from some idiot mouth! Why will people own a gun to defend themselves? Are u kidding me?! Haven’t u been reading papers and watching news? I bet if every nigerian citizen get the right to have a gun, then nigerian will become an anarchy nation! Take a look at Libya and Syria! Nothing of such should happen in 9jeria! D.u.m.b soldier talking sh*t

  • Luka

    I feel the first step to fight this war is to bring out the list of those Mr. President saiid have infiltrated all segments of Government and openly execute them. We have lost lives as result of their dastardly act of financing terrorism in our Nation. I am sure the security report must be on His table. He should be man enough to act fast. Then we can face the insurgents squarely. This a war that we must all stand up to fight. No part of this country is safe now. Many generations have been lost. It’s sad!

  • King F. Totti

    Then after the Boko Haram what’s next?? Guns blazing everywhere, if my neighbor offends me what is the assurance that i will not send him to his early grave. You don’t know the spirit behind holding a gun, your mind keeps telling you kill kill kill…!!!!!.. I think the solution is to arrest most senators behind this deadly act..A boko haram suspect confessed a senator and he was arrested and the house insisted that if he is not release no more sitting and you expect this insurgency to leave? that must be crazy. Lets look at the real facts here…People sponsor these bastards, nail them and the insurgency is gone for ever