Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dave Workman: Nigerians Need Guns

Very good work by Dave Workman:

While today’s continuing coverage of the mass kidnapping of girls in northeast Nigeria includes the revelation that Nigerian security forces allegedly had advanced warning of the raid, the mainstream press is largely ignoring another critical aspect of the story, that residents in the Borno state apparently want the government to give them guns for self-defense against the militant Boko Haram group.

Locally, only KING5 News has touched this subject, and probably by accident. When reporter Rob Piercy interviewed Nigerian native Obafemi Idowu Wednesday, he noted, “What’s more, says Idowu, people can’t protect themselves. It’s illegal for anyone outside of the military to own a gun in Nigeria.”

Obafemi was described as a technology consultant. He was born in Chicago but grew up in Nigeria, KING reported. Obafemi said the fact that citizens are unarmed allowed Boko Haram thugs to “walk into your house, hold you up, take your children.”

A remarkably articulate fellow, Obafemi is not alone in his observations. Yesterday, Examiner traded e-mail with Dr. Peregrino Brimah, who had just published an open letter to Gov. Kashim Shettima of the Borno state.

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