Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has reacted to a statement credited to former chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, in which called on people to defend themselves against herdsmen attack. Ty Danjuma also claqims the Fulani herdsmen who go about killing villagers are being protected by the military.
“I ask all of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your state. “This ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba, and it must stop in Nigeria. These killers have been protected by the military; they cover them and you must be watchful to guide and protect yourselves because you have no other place to go”, he said.
Governor Fayose, via some tweets reacted by hoping those in power won’t go on the defensive by claiming the retired officer has looted money stash somewhere as a way of discrediting or silencing him.
”Gen. Danjuma’s position is not different from what I have said in the past. For him to have broken his silence at this time should be enough warning to @MBuhari that it is time to go back to Daura. He should leave honourably or be disgraced out of office.
General T. Y. Danjuma just said what we have said several times… There is complicity from the highest place in this country concerning these killings by herdsmen. I hope they won’t now remember that Gen. Danjuma keeps “looted” billions of dollars in his borehole”, Fayose said.
The Nigeria Military has however responded to claims made by TY Danjuma. The headquarter through its public relations director, Texas Chukwu, Brigadier General also warned Nigerians not to listen to the former chief of Army staff, noting that anyone caught in possession of arms would be dealt with. “The Nigerian Army is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria and to aid the civil authority whenever called upon to do so”, part of its statement read. Recall that Danjuma had asked Nigerians especially Taraba indigenes to protect themselves or risk being killed by herdsmen. A statement he made at the convocation ceremony of the Taraba State University, yesterday that pinched the Nigerian Army. Danjuma said, “You must rise to protect yourselves from these people; if you depend on the armed forces to protect you, you will all die. – vanguard