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Should Nigeria Legalise Gun Ownership? This Senator Thinks So

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Senator Kabir Marafa representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, incensed by all the killing going on in the nation suggested that perhaps Nigeria should allow citizens to bear arms.

The Senator said this while the debate over insecurity was going on the Senate, he said: “My point is, people cannot be slaughtered in their houses helplessly. Maybe what we need to do is to liberalise gun control. Let everybody own a gun so that when you are coming to my house, you will know that I have my own gun while you are coming with yours,”

According to Marafa, the only advantage armed bandits have over the common Nigerian is ownership of guns

The insecurity debate was raging in the Senate with some Senators displeased that Buhari has refused to fire those they call ‘incompetent’

Marafa in an impassioned speech said: “Plateau State is predominantly a Christian state, so if people are killed in Plateau, Christians will be killed. But we sit down and say ‘Christians are being eliminated’, ‘it is genocide’ and so on. This is hypocrisy! We ought to give this thing the name it deserves.

“There are killings in Zamfara and those arrested are not all foreigners or Fulanis. I make bold to say that the killings in Plateau State are happening in conjunction with indigenes of that state because it is a business. But every day, we either give it an ethnic or religious colouration without minding the fact that these things are being done and we are the losers.

“The Christian and Muslim clerics that are giving these killings a religious colouration are all hypocrites because we all know where they belong to. It is not limited to one religion but at the end of the day, the problem remains,”

After this he talked about considering legalization of gun ownership so that more Nigerians can protect themselves.

Famutimi Femi is a writer for theheraldng. He is also a lawyer by trade. His hobbies include reading and writing, he also loves Renaissance art.

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