The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to security agents to shoot anyone bearing AK-47 rifles in the country.
Elumelu spoke on Thursday during an interview but noted that the president should have directly given the order instead of relaying it via his media aide.
“The statement credited to the media aide to Mr President is a welcome development but I would have prefered that Mr President himself made that broadcast,” the lawmaker who represents Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency noted.
The Delta-born lawmaker explained that Buhari, in his broadcast, would have condemned criminal acts by some herders and believes that would have sent a strong message to those bent on perpetuating crime across the country.
“I would like him to outrightly condemn the activities of the herdsmen,” Elumelu added. “They are everywhere messing up all the communities, attacking people.”
He noted that some of the president’s supporters would have loved to hear the Nigerian leader directly issuing the shoot-at-sight order, insisting that “His media aide making that statement is not the same thing as Mr President making that statement himself. I would like to see more of Mr President making that statement himself.”
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