“The security challenges we are facing in terms of killings and kidnappings are not only limited to Katsina or Nigeria, but they happen everywhere, even in America and China. But their citizens don’t fold their arms and wait for the government,” Mr Masari said.
Mr Masari, who had once charged Katsina residents to use their teeth in self-defence against armed bandits, added, “Don’t lock yourselves inside and say it is the responsibility of the government or police to defend you: how many people will the police defend? But if you defend yourself, it will reduce the work of policemen and soldiers.”
However, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, said Mr Matawalle and other governors lacked the powers to direct police commissioners to issue gun licences to residents as a measure against insecurity.