(Last Updated On: March 25, 2018)
A former Minister of Defense General Theophilus Danjuma on Saturday accused the Nigerian Armed forces of colluding with killer herdsmen on an ethnic cleansing agenda.
Speaking yesterday at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University (TSU), Jalingo, Taraba State, where he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree, Danjuma further urged Nigerians to defend themselves against killers in the country.
According to the war veteran, the Military were providing cover for killer herdsmen unleashing terror on communities across the country.
He called on the people to rise up and defend themselves, as relying on the armed forces to defend them was suicidal.
He said: “The peace in this state is under assault. There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in this state and, of course, in all the riverine state of Nigeria. We must resist it. We must stop it. Every one of us must rise up.
“The armed forces are not neutral; they collude with the armed bandits that kill people, kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movement. They cover them.
“You must rise to defend yourselves from these people. If you are depending on the armed forces to protect you, you will all die one by one. I ask everyone of you to be alert and defend your country. Defend your territory, defend your states, because you have nowhere else to go.
Mr. Danjuma, who was Nigeria’s Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2003, warned that Nigeria risks suffering a fate such as that of Somalia if the killings are not checked.
“The ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State, it must stop in all the states of Nigeria; otherwise Somalia will be a child’s play,” General Danjuma said.
He continued: “I am not a politician and politics is one profession I don’t want to belong to because if I am a politician, I would not say what I am going to say to you now.”
“When I arrived this arena, I saw rich cultural display, and I was amazed at the rich cultural heritage of our people. Taraba is a mini Nigeria with diverse ethnic groups living together peacefully, but the peace in this state is under assault.
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