Lekki protest: Nigeria won’t be governed the way some people want, says defence minister

The Federal Government has warned that it will not sit down and watch some people destabilise the country.

The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, stated this in Kano while responding to questions from newsmen on the renewed protests at the Lekki toll gate.

The Minister, who was in Kano for the APC membership revalidation exercise, said that the Buhari-led administration will not be governed the way some people want it.

He further commended the government for appointing new service chiefs while expressing optimism that the move will yield the desired result of winning the war against insurgents.

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“If some people are seeing this country, that it has to be governed the way they want, they are mistaken,” Magashi said. “We are not elected to serve a particular people. We were elected to serve this country. Whoever is involved in this thing, the military or the government will not allow it to happen.

“Our interest is to ensure that there is peace and security in this country and that economic activities and social life of people are restored. That is our purpose. Whatever is happening here and there is an opinion of government.”

He also addressed Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s refusal to grant amnesty to bandits.

“If Kaduna state does not want to give amnesty to the people, please advise him that there is an international law stating what to be done and how it is done,” he said.

“We just don’t do things in isolation. We are part of the world. There are international laws and regulations that must be complied with in dealing with these situations.”