The Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd.), has said that it is unknown to him why people run from bandits instead of standing up to them.
In a chat with journalists, Magashi said it was the responsibility of everyone to stay alert amid insecurity in the country.
He said, “It is the responsibility of everybody to keep alert and to find safety when necessary. But we shouldn’t be cowards.
“At times, the bandits will only come with about three rounds of ammunition, when they fire shots everybody runs. In our younger days, we stand to fight any aggression coming for us.
“I don’t know why people are running from minor things like that. They should stand and let these people know that even the villagers have the competency and capability to defend themselves.
“Our own duty is to ensure that no Nigerian is hurt, and we are capable of protecting the integrity of this nation and we’ll continue to do it even though we are so stretched.”