Buhari orders security forces to shoot on sight anyone with AK-47 

Buhari and a herdsman with AK-47
Buhari and a herdsman with AK-47

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered the military to shoot on sight on anyone seen with AK-47 rifle in the bush.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu told BBC Hausa Services in an interview on Wednesday.

Bandits and several Fulani herdsmen operate with AK-47 and have been killing and maiming people across Nigeria.

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State had defended herdsmen carrying AK-47, saying they used it to protect themselves from cattle rustlers and others.

Under the Nigerian law, no individual is expected to be seen with AK-47 except the military officers, but it is very common in Nigeria to see individuals with AK-47.

Shehu said the president had ordered military commanders to to shoot anyone with AK-47.

According to him, Buhari was determined to end wanton killings of people by bandits in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

Shehu added that the “no-fly zone” order on the Zamfara airspace was informed by reports that helicopters were flown in by gangs engaged in illegal mining of gold deposits in the state, adding that the criminal gangs allegedly supply arms to bandits in exchange.

“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” he told the BBC Hausa Service.

But Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has debunked insinuation that helicopters flew into the state with arms for bandits.

“It was just misinformation, nobody has proven that and if they have, they should prove it beyond any reasonable doubt and as the Chief Security Officer of my state, security of lives and properties of my people is my primary responsibility.

“Therefore, I support any decision that will help eliminate banditry in my state. As for the ban on mining, I have no problem with that because already, there is ban on it, that is my knowledge,” he added.


  1. I agree with President Buhari about the AK 47 but i do not agree with him shooting people on sight. What he should have done is to direct the military to take away the guns from people including the Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists.

  2. Going by the antecedents of this President, it’s obvious that the shoot at sight order given to the security agencies will subjectively be carried out by the fulanized military on any security network defending their people from the killer Fulani herdsmen and NEVER on the killer herdsmen that instigated and necessitated the formation of varying degrees of security networks across the geo political zones.

    Putting it more aptly, Buhari has ordered his fulanized security agencies to shoot at sight anyone defending his people from the killer fulani herdsmen.

    What a president and his prejudices and bigotry.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

    • I agree with yu, Sir! Obviously, the President’s order is STRICTLY target at non-fulanis with AK-47!

  3. Buhari’s instruction that military should shoot anyone with gun AK47 has come too late after the whole forests and deserts had been invaded by herders, Kidnappers, bandits and Fulani terrorists. It is just an EMPTY THREATS as I do not see how Fulani dominated military officers will face their Fulani AK47 gun carriers at shoot at sight instructions. No wonder it has been impossible for all EFCC Fulani chairmen in Nigeria could not stop corruption in Nigeria against Fulani corrupt officials as the Fulani EFCC Chairmen themselves ended up being the most corrupt. So Fulani military cannot end Fulani AK47 carrier herders in Nigeria

  4. President Fulani finally woke up. Henceforth, by this order, all Fulani Herdsmen regardless of the purpose and who carry AK 47 shall be shot on sight. This is good. Without blood, there can’t be peace. Some have to die for others to live. Its the law of nature. Violent criminals must die so that lawful citizens can live. President Buhari’s Orders should be published and posted in every town and villages. And bushes where Herdsmen and bandits reside.

    No more AK 47 wield savages from Futajallon.

    We need peace.

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