Following Governor Masari’s submission that citizens of Kastina State should bear arms in protecting themselves, some senior lawyers have reportedly stated that the governor’s pronouncement shows the failure of the President in securing the nation.
The lawyers reportedly made this known in different interviews, stating that both Buhari and Masari should resign.
Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa reportedly stated that the call for bearing of arms, “Has further confirmed that the ruling APC has failed the people. The primary purpose of the government is to protect lives and properties and when the governor from the home state of the President has made a declaration of failure of protection by the government then the President has no business remaining in power.”
He added that, “In a saner society the calls by the Kastina state governor is an indirect call on the President to resign. They owe us the responsibility to protect us. It is a social contract we made with the government that is why we surrendered our commonwealth to them.”
Meanwhile, an 83-year-old senior advocate, Robert Clarke, opined that, “The chicken has come to roost. What they created is coming on them. What they are experiencing is a tip of the iceberg, they caused all the problems. They were pocketing what is meant for the citizens, they are reaping what they sowed.”
He added that, “Their security votes are enough to have kept these boys from the streets. My advice to the governor is that instead of him calling on them to carry guns let him empower them with his security vote.”
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on his part, reportedly disclosed that, “No anarchy will be occasioned thereby. Self preservation is the first law of nature. The government having failed in its primary duties of protecting lives and properties and giving welfare to the people as prescribed by Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, cannot prevent hapless citizens from defending themselves.”
He added that, “The governor of President Buhari’s home state was merely being truthful and practical by crying out. What can 3000 policemen do for a vast state like Katsina? Nothing at all.”
Ifedayo Adedipe maintained that, “It is tragic and I do not support that call. That call is dangerous, not constitutional and not befitting of a governor. Is he admitting security has broken down under his watch? He is part of the APC tsunami that wrested power from the PDP under the guise of a change.”
He submitted that, “The call can lead to anarchy. I cannot find any justification for the call except an admission of failure. Rather than advise us to get guns, they (Masari and Buhari) should leave office and let competent people come in. They brought this calamity on us. They should look for a way to solve it.”