Danjuma’s Comment: Yoruba Too Must Be Prepared – YCE Leader
The Assistant Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders, Alhaji Suleiman Salami , said Nigerians should not leave their security completely in the hands of the military and other security agencies because they could fail to defend them in the time of danger .
The 81 – year – old spoke in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Osogbo on Sunday .
Salami said he agreed with the submissions of Danjuma and also urged Yoruba people to be prepared to defend themselves and their land from the rampaging herdsmen .
The YCE assistant scribe said , “The General is very right . It will be disastrous for people to be attacked and they fold their arms , expecting the government to defend them. If the government is not forthcoming , the people concerned must find a way to defend themselves .
“ The President has kept quiet for a long time on the herdsmen atrocities . I recently told some South – West governors and Obas that if we did not prepare to defend ourselves, these herdsmen would just come one day and kill all of us . ”
A former Minister of Defence , Lt . Gen. Theophilus Danjuma( retd . ), had on Saturday at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University , told Nigerians to defend themselves against killers , saying the Nigerian Armed Forces were not ready to defend them.
He had said , “There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state ( Taraba ) and of course , some rural states in Nigeria , we must resist it. We must stop it. Everyone of us must rise up .
Our armed forces are not neutral . They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians … If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings , you will all die one by one . ”
However , the Minister of Defence , Mansur Dan – Ali , said Danjuma’ s comment was “ highly uncalled for , ” and an invitation to anarchy , asking Nigerians to report any member of the armed forces suspected to be colluding with herdsmen. (Punch)
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