Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has backed the call by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State for residents to arm and defend themselves against terrorists, called on the people of his state to repel those attacking them.
The governor, while criticizing the centralized police system in the country, stated that the Nigeria Police Force cannot effectively secure the country.
Speaking on Politics Today, a current affairs program on Channels Television, on Monday, Akeredolu asked people of the state to fight back when attacked.
“We have called on our traditional rulers that we must all be ready to rise up to defend our land and defend our people.
What I really mean by that is that, you can’t fold your hands and say people (attackers) are coming and you are running away.
“No. If they bring a fight to you, fight them back. There is no room to run away from it.
That was why when I heard my brother in Zamfara, who said people should carry arms and license people to carry arms, it might be to some a bit of extreme measure, but when you are pushed to the wall, there is nothing else you can say.
“So, what we have learnt is that our people cannot afford to stay back or lay back as if you are lazy people.
We are not lazy; we are indomitable people in spirit and everything and nobody can dominate us.
So, when we believe that and strongly act that, fight these people back.
If they come, push them (back) inside the forest and leave.
Whosoever has the higher (sic) arm will survive.”