Former Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Yusuf Danjuma (TY Danjuma) on Saturday, lamented that Nigeria is being ruined by heavily armed criminals he described as “useless.”
TY Danjuma Speaks Nigeria’s Insecurity
Danjuma insisted that self defence was the only way to chase out the country’s common “enemy”.
He feared that if this is not done, Nigeria will be finished.
Danjuma stated this when he delivered a goodwill message in Wukari, Taraba State, where Governor Darius Ishaku presented staff of office to His Majesty Manu Ishaku Adda Ali, the 25th Aku Uka.
The former army chief knocked the military for living in denial over Nigeria’s aggravating security challenges, saying the “evidence” of what he said four years ago is now obvious for all eyes to see.
Danjuma had in March 2018 urged Nigerians to defend themselves against their killers but his call for self-defence attracted stark criticisms.
Four years later, Danjuma said, “Our country is under siege by armed bandits, all over the country when some few years ago, I warned that the Armed Forces are either not capable or unwilling to protect us and that we must defend ourselves.
“The first denial of what I said came from the Ministry of Defence. They said I was lying and they set up a kangaroo Board of Inquiry to investigate the truth or otherwise of what I said they invited me to come and testify, but I did not go.
“They wrote their report which said that I was only speculating, that there was no evidence. And now there is evidence; the whole country now is being run and overrun.”
According to the ex-army boss, armed bandits are trying to recolonise Nigerians and take over autochthonous lands.
He added that the people must fight to resist invaders.
He further urged the new traditional ruler to reunite his subjects for the defence of the country against marauders, saying the best form of defence is attack.
“Right now, we are all sitting ducks, these people are armed to the teeth with all weapons of mass destruction and we don’t have them but we have the numbers and the land belongs to us. They are trying to recolonise us and take over our land. Can I allow you to defend yourselves?” he asked the crowd who chanted a loud ‘Yes’.
He further said, “They said I told them to defend themselves, I didn’t give them arms. I will not give you arms, find out how these people got it. Use the same means to defend yourselves.
“This beautiful land called Nigeria, the biggest country for black men in the whole world is being brought to ruin by absolutely useless criminals. But how did they get here? Of course, some of them are foreigners and there are collaborators.
“So, my prayer is that God Almighty that has given us this land will give us the courage to face our enemy and locate where he is and drive him out of the country. This we must do otherwise Nigeria is finished.”
Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom also called for self-defence as a result of the unending attacks by bandits and terrorists all over the country.