The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to give the order for security agents to shoot non-security personnel armed with AK-47 rifles himself.
Recall that the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Wednesday that his principal gave specific orders to military commanders to shoot any civilian bearing AK-47 rifles that refuse arrest.
But speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today’ programme on Thursday, Elumelu urged Buhari to condemn the heinous activities of criminal herdsmen in the country.
He said, “The statement credited to the media aide to Mr President is a welcome development but I would have preferred that Mr President himself made that broadcast.
“One, condemning the activities of the herdsmen, he has not said it. I will like him to outrightly condemn the activities of the herdsmen, they are everywhere, messing up all the communities, attacking people.
“There are some people that are very fanatical about him and they will want to hear him speak. Shehu, his media aide, making that statement is not the same thing as Mr President making that statement. I will like to hear Mr President making that statement himself and giving that directive that anybody caught with arms, not even AK-47 alone, any form of arm that is not a member of the security agencies should be shot at sight.”