More Bullets and Fewer Prayers, By Majeed Dahiru

More Bullets and Fewer Prayers, By Majeed Dahiru

Gun Rights

To contain the current spate of insecurity in Nigeria, more bullets are needed and fewer prayers… Faced with the current reality of the inability of Nigeria’s security forces to secure the entire stretch of the Nigerian territory, there is an urgent need to review Nigeria’s gun laws to allow for a limited civilian armament initiative to enhance the lethal capabilities of law abiding citizens at self-defence. As Nigeria’s security situation worsens, the government is increasingly appearing hopelessly helpless. For a country that has perhaps one the most restrictive gun laws and arms regulations in the world, which prohibit the possession of light arms and small weapons by citizens, the current situation of widespread proliferation of these prohibited weapons is indicative of a near total breakdown of law and order. In addition to the Boko Haram insurgent group, an estimated 22 armed groups, prominent among which is the fourth most dangerous group in the world, the killer herdsmen, are operating within the Nigerian territory. Lacking an effective border security system, Nigeria has become a thoroughfare for killer herdsmen pouring into the country from all over West and Central Africa, who have successfully converted the country’s internal contradicting fault lines into criminal economic advantages, either as mercenary fighters or self-helping bandits. With a population of nearly 200 million people occupying a land area of 923,768 square kilometres, Nigeria’s combined security services strength of less than 500 thousand men and women under arms, which are maintained with an annual provision of a […]

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