By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), the shoot-on-sight order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to the country’s military could only be implemented if Nigerian soldiers raid the forests.
The CDHR gave this charge via a statement issued on Sunday by Osagie Obayuwana, its national president, CDHR, in which it pointed out that those armed with AK-47 rifles and other sophisticated weapons lived in the forests and not at “bus-stops and shopping malls”.“To the CDHR, the shoot-on-sight order reported to have been made by Mr. President will only have meaning when the soldiers march into the forest,” the statement reads.
“This is especially so as those with AK47 rifles are not at bus-stops and shopping malls; they are in the bushes and forests.
“Besides, Mr. President needs to be reminded that it is not only farmers who are at risk; travellers on most high ways in Nigeria are at the mercy of rifle wielders, who have made a sport out of pouncing on vehicles in-between cities and towns.”
Last week Wednesday, Garba Shehu, presidency spokesperson, had announced that President Buhari had ordered the country’s security agencies to shoot anyone illegally armed with AK-47 rifles.