A former Nigerian Defence Minister, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd), hasaccused the Nigerian armed forces of aiding the ongoing killings in Nigeria, especially the deadly attacks in his home Taraba State.
“The armed forces are not neutral,” Gen. Danjuma said at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University in Jalingo, the state capital, on Saturday afternoon. “They collude with the armed bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians.”
The speech was broadcast on AIT.
Danjuma, a retired lieutenant-general and civil war veteran, said Nigerians should rise up and defend themselves against ongoing attacks that have left nearly a thousand people dead within the last few months.
The 79-year-old said the security forces, rather than protect the people, “facilitate” the movement of armed attackers and often provide cover for them.
“If you wait for the armed force to stop the killing, you all die one-by-one,” Danjuma said, adding that people must resist the killings.
“The ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State and other parts of Nigeria. otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s place. I urge all of you to be at alert and defend your country. defend your territory, defend your state,” he said.
Somalia has remained plagued by wars since 1999. Analysts widely consider the country a failed state.
“You have no where else to go,” Danjuma added.