Ex-Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said that there should be a law that will allow Nigerians to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 for self-defence.
The former Minister said that if herdsmen could be allowed caeey for self-defence, other Nigerians should be allowed to defend themselves against provocative attacks.
He said this when he visited to Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho on Thursday at his Ibadan residence.
Fani-Kayode added that the best way to handle the insecurity in the country was for government to defend the people, adding other available option was for Nigerians to be allowed to carry arms.
.He noted that he Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi had called on Nigerians to defend themselves against bandits.
He said: “The Bauchi State Governor said a few days ago that Fulani herdsmen should be allowed to carry AK-47, but I disagree with him on that, but that is his own opinion. If you go by that principle, it makes absolute sense that if Fulani herdsmen are allowed to carry AK-47 to defend their cows and their lives if they feel threatened, then it is also logical that farmers, local people and each one of us should also have that right to defend ourselves against Fulani herdsmen or against those seeking to come and kill us.
“I am totally behind that and I like that. Why not, Americans have that right. If we had that long time ago, the killings we are witnessing now would not have the kind of atrocities being committed all over the country.
“Insecurity is not limited to the South-West; you will be surprised at what is going on in the North. But the best way is for the government to rise up and defend us; that is why we pay them.”
He noted that Igboho had no problem with law abiding Fulani who are law abiding.