‘His children are enjoying life but he wants the poor to kill one another’… reactions to TY Danjuma’s ‘defend yourselves’ call

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Social media has been agog with comments since Theophilus Danjuma, former Chief of Army Staff and former Minister of Defence, said on Saturday that the military had been colluding with armed bandits in the killings across the country.

Speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, Danjuma had urged Nigerians to rise up and defend themselves, as the people entrusted with the security of the nation were insincere.

“Everyone of us must rise up,” Danjuma said. “The armed forces are not neutral. They collude. The collude. They collude with the armed bandits that kill people, kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movement, 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. Otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s play.

“I ask everyone of you to be alert and defend your country, defend your territory, defend your state. You have nowhere else to go. You have no where else to go. God bless our country.”

Many who shared their thoughts on the issue said such a warning coming from a man of Danjuma’s status, indicates that there is a serious problem in the country, and deliberate steps must be taken to avert a major catastrophe.

Others, however, said Danjuma  should be arrested for calling on the people to defend themselves, as that could throw the country into anarchy. One even said Danjuma’s children are friends with Buhari’s and are enjoying life, but he wants the poor to start killing one another.

Yet, others say Danjuma, as Defence Minister under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, sanctioned the Odi massacre, so had no moral right to make such pronouncements.

Below are some of the reactions:


Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of Defence, also criticised Danjuma’s comments, urging Nigerians to always have confidence in the country’s security agencies.

“This (Danjuma’s remarks) is highly uncalled for and is invitation to anarchy and should be disregarded by well-meaning Nigerians,” Dan-Ali said through Tukur Gusau, his spokesman.

“The efforts of the Nigerian military towards restoration of peace, security and order in Nigeria are evidently clear. The armed forces is well-organised and highly professional in discharging its constitutional mandate.”


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