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When Danjuma Spoke as Insider in the Military

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Having probably spoken as an insider with credible intelligence at his disposal, a former Minister of Defence, retired Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma’s outbursts that international invaders are on a killing spree in the nation shouldn’t be dismissed  with a wave of the hand, Ejiofor Alike studies

For the umpteenth time, a name final week made a former Minister of Defence, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), to Nigerians to stand up and defend themselves in opposition to bandits.

Many distinguished Nigerians, together with governors had made an identical name however Danjuma’s case was significantly particular, given the delicate positions he had occupied in the army and the authorities.

Speaking at the coronation and presentation of Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, Manu Ishaku Ada Ali, the twenty fifth Aku Uka Wukari, Danjuma requested Nigerians to learn how bandits get arms in order that they may have theirs for self-defence. Last week’s name was the second time the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) urged Nigerians to take their future in their arms and cease counting on the Armed Forces to defend them from the bandits who’re attempting to overrun the nation and dispossess the indigenous folks of their lands.

Danjuma’s kinsmen Wukari and Takum  native authorities areas have gone via many wars that took many lives and displaced many individuals with their neighbours – Kuteb and the Chamba, as properly as Tiv settlers. Tired of the perennial conflicts, the combatants submitted to some lodging preparations that restored some delicate peace.  

But a brand new growth that might disrupt the peace of the space quickly reared its head. It was the battle with the Fulani pastoralists over trespass on farmlands. It would grow to be full-scale armed violence with the indigenous Chamba, Kuteb, and Jukun communities being worsted and sacked.

Meanwhile, the folks started to see a hyperlink between the rise in the depth of the assaults and the ascension to workplace by President Muhammadu Buhari, suggesting that the invaders had been emboldened by not simply his presence but additionally the seeming child glove with which the belligerents had been handled. Apparently uninterested in holding the folks down in the face of official negligence that aided the free reign of the attackers, Danjuma in a uncommon outburst in March 2018 raised the first alarm that there was an try at ethnic cleaning in the nation by herdsmen and requested Nigerians to withstand it.

The former defence minister, who then spoke in Jalingo at the maiden convocation ceremony of the Taraba State University, accused the Armed Forces of colluding with armed bandits. He charged Nigerians to defend themselves earlier than they have been fully exterminated.

He pointedly accused the army of complicity in the killing of farmers by herdsmen.

He stated: “There is an try at ethnic cleaning in the state and naturally, in some riverine and rural states in Nigeria. We should resist it. We should cease it. Every one in every of us should stand up.

“Our Armed Forces are not neutral. They collude with the armed bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians. The Armed Forces guide their movements. They cover them. If you are depending on the Armed Forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one,” he reportedly defined.

He was nevertheless accused of elevating a false alarm after a panel arrange by the army authorities concluded that there was no proof to help his allegation.

But as a former insider with deep data of army operations, Danjuma has remained satisfied that the intelligence at his disposal could be very credible.

So, regardless of the try by the army authorities to garbage his earlier allegation, he nonetheless renewed his message final week, insisting that his earlier name was taken without any consideration, and in addition stressing that the end result was clear for everybody to see.

He stated that the largest black nation in the world was below siege by terrorists who have been attempting to root out the residents.

“As a soldier, the finest defence is assault. Right now, we’re all sitting geese. These persons are armed to the enamel with weapons of mass destruction however we don’t have them. We have the numbers and the land belongs to us. They try to colonise us and take over our lands. Your majesty, you need to unite our folks to defend themselves.

“I can’t offer you arms. Find out how the individuals who have it bought it and use the identical means to amass arms and defend yourselves. This stunning land referred to as Nigeria is being delivered to break by completely ineffective criminals. How do they get right here? We know a few of them might even be right here. My prayer is that God Almighty that has given us this land will give us the braveness to face these enemies and chase them out. This we should do, in any other case, Nigeria is completed.

“We must find out the source of the arms of terrorists; Nigerians should equally find a means of arming themselves to face the terrorists,” he stated.

He recalled that when he accused the army of colluding with terrorists, he was referred to as a liar, including that Nigerians have realised the fact.

He stated after his assertion in 2018, a “Kangaroo panel” was arrange by the army and he was invited to defend what he stated however he refused to seem earlier than the panel.

“In 2018 once I referred to as on the folks to defend themselves, a kangaroo fee of enquiry was set as much as examine they usually stated I used to be mendacity as a result of there was no proof.

“Today in the country, there is evidence everywhere; the foreign bandits are killing and taking over lands in all the places,” he added.

Danjuma has a really wealthy army background and will need to have spoken about the army and the state of insecurity in the nation from the level of data.

The retired officer turned a General Officer Commanding (GOC) in 1975, and was appointed Chief of Army Staff in 1976, a place he held till he retired in 1979.

After his retirement from the army, he nonetheless served as the Chairman of the Presidential Policy Advisory Committee in 1999; the Minister of Defence (1999-2003) and the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council in 2010. With the positions he had held, Danjuma is aware of why the Nigerian Armed Forces haven’t efficiently rooted out the bandits that wreak havoc in the North-central, significantly his dwelling state of Taraba and Benue State. The former army chief is aware of what most Nigerians have no idea on why international herdsmen have turned Benue State right into a killing area, slaughtering farmers and dispossessing them of their lands with no proportionate response from the army.

In his ‘sympathy’ message to the folks of Gbeji neighborhood in Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), of Benue State, over the latest killing of 39 folks in the space by herdsmen, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar added a subtly menace when he reportedly wrote that: “When our people are well integrated into communities where they live, work, pay taxes and raise their children, they would be obligated to reciprocate the love and acceptance.”

Of course, the folks of Benue have since rejected his sympathy message, describing it as a mockery. 

So, is there an agenda to annihilate the landowners except they give up their lands and combine the foreigners? Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom has repeatedly alleged that there’s.

Danjuma has additionally referred to as on Nigerians to stand up and chase out the enemies taking up folks’s lands. With his army data, he must be taken significantly, in any other case “Nigeria is finished,” in line with him.

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