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US shooting: Insecurity a global phenomenon, says Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has reacted to the mass shooting in the US city of Indianapolis which happened on Thursday.

Eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Ground facility before proceeding to kill himself.

Reacting, Keyamo lamented the statistics on shootings in the US, stressing that insecurity is a global phenomenon.

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He then advised Nigerians against ethnicising and politicising their own state of insecurity.

“Yet, another mass shooting in the USA today. The statistics in the US is staggering. However, it’s no excuse for our state of insecurity & it is immoral for us to compare & say ours is even lesser. But we should stop ethnicising & politicising what is clearly a global phenomenon,” he tweeted.

One @Agezoid on Twitter reacted to the Minister’s post, saying, “Bad things happen overseas and you guys are quick to compare saying it’s not only in Nigeria. Where you dey when the U.S. government announce their covid stimulus package? What about the good governance there or is that one not a global phenomenal too?”

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A reaction from @Chief_Moze said, “Dear Hon. Minister @fkeyamo the mass shooters in America are always identified and prosecuted accordingly. But in our clime under your govt, they are always unknown and often pardoned and rehabilitated, while the victims are left unattended at emergency IDPs.”

@Michael_Erhabor said, “Yet they will investigate and nab the shooter. But those that keep maiming innocent citizens here in Nigeria are still at large. Nobody can bring them to book. The atmosphere to even thrive is not there in the first place, yet you want to compare Nigeria to America. Fear God sir.”

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According to @harcmord, “Believing the news about increase in mass shooting in the US, especially when the news is been aired by @cnni, is not an issue. But quickly debunk(ing) such when it’s been said against our country, especially when it’s coming from the said media house isn’t just worrisome but hypocritical.”

@Gbemiro said, “US is having problems with their guns that no other western nation is facing. But our minister is using it to justify terrorist activities largely perpetrated by a section of the country and pampered by their political class.”

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