Nigerians have taken to social media to react to President Muhammadu Buhari's order to security agencies to shoot anyone seen with an AK-47 in the forest.
Recall that President Buhari on Wednesday directed the Nigerian Army, Police, and other security agencies to shoot anyone seen with sophisticated rifles.
This was made known by the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, during an interview with the BBC
Asked what efforts are being made to rid Zamfara and other northern states of bandits, Shehu said Buhari directed a clampdown on bandits who have refused to surrender.
"The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47," he said.
"He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately."
He said the federal government declared Zamfara a no-fly zone following intelligence that arms were being transported to the bandits with private jets.
"These jets are being used to pick up gold that is being mined in some parts of Zamfara and exported. This is strong because at the moment, there is a Nigerian gold market in Dubai. The government is losing, the people of this country are losing, that's why it is said that gold mining is banned for those who are not made by the government," he said.
Reacting, some Nigerians condemned the President for giving the order, while others praised him for giving the directive in order to curb the rising insecurity in the country.
See some of the reactions below:
Buhari directs security agents to shoot anyone seen with AK-47.
Without return to capital punishment, insecurity will not reduce in the country.
— Teejay (@tajudine2013) March 3, 2021
"An AK-47 earns you a sit on the table, while a placard earns you a bed in the prison." Nafiu
This is our Nigeria under Buhari. #FreeDawisu
— Abu Amir The Herdsman (@sadiqsans) February 27, 2021
Buhari direct security agencies to shoot anyone with AK-47. The president directive is a welcome development but how can the security agencies handle it. I hope it will not be selective. Also, this directive should be carried out without any ethnic bias.
— Amaechi Olunna John (@Maechi1A) March 4, 2021
This Buhari order of "shoot anyone with AK 47 rifle" is an incomplete order.
Perhaps I'm the only one seeing the one legged order though.
— 27 (@WayneOlabode) March 3, 2021
Buhari gives security agencies order to shoot anyone they see with Ak-47.... But how could an officer with old Gun (for years it's not working) can shoot a man with latest and modern Gun machine i.e RGP🤔😁
— BLACK BOSS🕵 (@AM_Abiyos) March 4, 2021
In Buhari's Nigeria, if you're from any part
of the Southern region & a pistol is found
with you by chance, Operation Burst is yours
If you're from the North or you're with
Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, bandits
or Miyetti Allah & you have AK-47 or
grenades, you're a Saint.
— I Z U ENUGU (@heisizumichaels) February 27, 2021
Buhari To Security Agencies: Shoot Anybody Seen With AK-47. pic.twitter.com/AIJPtSeY2z
— Dr Ayo Sogunro (@ayosogunro) March 4, 2021
Thats my boss talking! Boss of all bosses! Light them all, let God sort them out!https://t.co/ut2RVusOmt
— Chief Ojukwu (@ChiefOjukwu) March 3, 2021
In which the Nigerian police will shoot you and then place the AK-47 by your side.
Muhammadu Buhari is terribly unintelligent and IRRESPONSIBLE! https://t.co/iQKEhP4p3m
— Mama Paul the Animator (@YarKafanchan) March 3, 2021
Good news as president Buhari orders security agents to shoot anyone carrying AK-47. This efforts was made to rid Zamfara and other northern states of bandits and terrorists.pic.twitter.com/sovJK7IYzd
— SAMSON OF AFRICA ❼ #EndSARS (@BlackSam_) March 4, 2021
This govt of Buhari has made making fast
money in Nigeria a sure two way thing now
As a Southerner, get a tattoo of Bobrisky
or as a Northerner, join a crew of bandits
But you're sure of becoming a millionaire
with a good AK-47 than with just a tattoo
This is serious
— I Z U ENUGU (@heisizumichaels) March 4, 2021
Source: Naija News