A former Minister of Defense, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), on Saturday, urged Nigerians to defend themselves against killers in the country.
Danjuma made the call while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, Taraba State.
“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.
“There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state and of course, some rural states in Nigeria.
“We must resist it. We must stop it. Everyone of us must rise up.”
He also said the army and other security agencies colluded with killers to attack Nigerians.
The retired general accused the army of “bias”, saying it has failed in its responsibility of securing the country from attacks.
“The armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the armed bandits. They kill people, kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movements, they cover them,” Danjuma said.
“If you depend on the armed forces to stop the killings you will all die one by one.”
“I ask everyone one of you to be alert and defend your territory, your state. You have nowhere else to go.”
The former minister said the killings in the country must stop, or else “Somalia will be a child’s play”.
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