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Catholic bishop backs Danjuma on self-defence

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev Hilary Okeke, has applauded former Defence Minister, Theophilus Danjuma, over his comment that Nigerians should defend themselves in the midst of current insecurity.

Speaking at a press conference in Nnewi, Okeke posited that it’s the inalienable right of every citizen world over to protect self, especially where the federal government has undeniably not lived up to its constitutional responsibility of securing the people’s rights and liberty.

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The prelate observed with dismay that some government officials and those constitutionally assigned to protect the lives and property of citizens have been unwittingly colluding with the merchants of insecurity, thereby turning the nation into an unbridled killing field where no one is held accountable for the killings or lack of security.

He also faulted the Police Inspector General’s order to disarm every citizen even in the face of insecurity, arguing that “People have rights to self-defence, but I vehemently oppose reprisals. We all must defend ourselves, not just against the murderous herdsmen, but against armed robbers, such anti-social characters who pose high insecurity to the citizens.”

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The bishop while urging the federal government to find a better way of addressing herders and farmers clash instead of cattle colony, advised the IGP to allow those with legal authority to bear arms, noting that such would discourage merchants of insecurity within the populace.

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