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Danjuma speaking today at the university

Nigeria’s former defence minister accuses military of colluding with Fulani herdsmen

Retired Lt-General Theophilus Danjuma, a former defence minister and Chief of Army Staff, today accused the Nigerian army of collusion in the mass murders across the country committed by Fulani herdsmen.

Danjuma was speaking this afternoon at the first convocation of the Taraba State University in Jalingo the state capital.  He comes from Takum in Taraba State and was not mincing words in an emotional speech.

Watch a clip of the speech here:

The 79 year old said: “The armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the armed bandits. They kill people, kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movements, they cover them. If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings you will all die one by one. The ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State, must stop in all the states of Nigeria. I ask everyone one of you to be alert and defend your territory, your state. You have nowhere else to go.”

He added that thee killings in the country must stop, or else “Somalia will be a child’s play”.

Incidentally, Danjuma supported the successful presidential bid of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.  Buhari has been accused of failing to act decisively on the herdsmen violence and of bias.  Danjuma failed to indicate why the armed forces were colluding with the herdsmen.  Dozens, possibly hundreds of Nigerians have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Danjuma’s home state in this year alone.

Buhari and Danjuma are unlikely to remain close after this speech readers would know that we have attributed this to the fact that many influential Nigerians, both civilian and military, are the owners of the cows that are herded all over the country.



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