Powerful Letter From Nigerian Citizen to Governor: “Let Your People Have Guns to Defend Themselves”
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If you follow the news at all, by now you are aware of growing violence problem in Nigeria. Terrorists have kidnapped hundreds of school girls and slaughtered hundreds of others in the last few weeks.
The residents of this violent area in Nigeria are getting fed up, and one has written an open letter to Governor Kashim Shettima with a simple message: Give Your People Guns To Defend Themselves.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
We are writing you openly, that the people see and know you were advised openly. You have waited and watched your people being picked off like hens in a pen for the past four years. You have relied on and waited for the State security services to protect life and industry in your state of four years, but your people are dying now even faster than before.
Within the last three days, over 600 of the citizens of your state were slaughtered cheaply. They died at work, at the market, while bathing their children, in the farm. This is just one more week of death in your state. Your state is in global news because 234 girls were kidnapped in your state; these we know add to the hundreds who have been kidnapped, and abused till pregnancy or death by Boko Haram over the past four years.
These girls, we know add to the more who have been kidnapped after April 15th and the boys of your state, and farmers of tomorrow who have likewise been kidnapped and forced at knife-point to become Boko Haram’s new recruits all through the four years.
Dear Governor Kashim Shettima, do you know that what has happened in Borno would never happen in any other state in Nigeria without the governor giving his people guns and a course in training so they can defend themselves? Your people are great warriors and Patriots. Let them defend themselves…
…Dear governor, how long do you think the people will wait for you to protect them before they decide to arm themselves with real guns outside of the law; and if such happens, how do you think these citizens who had to do so for themselves will regard you?
Just another example of what happens when you disarm law abiding citizens.