By Anayo Okoli & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
ONITSHA—International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, yesterday described as belated but containing weighty, irrefutable facts and therefore must be paid attention to by Christians, the call by a former army chief and Defense Minister in Nigeria, retired Lt Gen Theophilus Danjuma to all Nigerians particularly members of Christian faith in the Northeast, North-Central and Southern parts of the country to defend themselves against the ongoing widespread massacres across the country.
Intersociety in a statement signed by its board chairman, Emeka Umeagbalasi; Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Programme, Obianuju Joy Igboeli and Head, Public Security & Safety Programme, Jacinta Ezinwanne, said that Lt Gen Danjuma by that statement has joined other informed and courageous Nigerians to accuse the Armed Forces and the country’s security establishment managers of protecting the attackers particularly, herdsmen.
According to Intersociety, “the call made on Saturday, 24th March 2018 by a former Army Chief and Defense Minister in Nigeria, retired Lt Gen Theo Danjuma to all Nigerians of non Muslim faith particularly members of Christian faith in the Northeast, North-central and Southern parts of the country to defend themselves against the ongoing widespread massacres across the country by radical armed Islamic groups such as Islamist herdsmen and Boko Haram killers; particularly his strong accusation that the Nigerian Armed Forces are complicit in the killings, is weighty and an irrefutable opinion of a grounded Amicus Curiae from Military Citadel.”
“Gen Danjuma also joined other informed and courageous Nigerians to accuse the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the country’s security establishment managers of protecting the attackers particularly the Jihadist herdsmen and aiding their atrocious conducts. We therefore see his call as not only grossly belated but also incomplete without addition of urgent steps by the United Nations systems to set up an international commission of inquiry under the Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter so as to unravel the remote and immediate causes and perpetrators, as well as profiteers of the killings; likewise the Boko Haram insurgency and government counter insurgency operations in the Northeast.
“The panic, hastiness, emptiness, tactlessness, self indictment and self guilt contained in the reactions to the call by the duo of Nigerian Army and the Federal Ministry of Defense further showcased necessity, urgency, inexcusability and inevitability of the international inquiries under demand.
“We make bold to say that the indictable body language of the present Federal Government in the ongoing killings as well as emerging facts and developments have clearly shown that the external demystification and solution to the unabated and raging butcheries in Nigeria are practically rooted in the confines of international criminal and civil inquiries under United Nations system alongside other local content solutions.”
Ohanaeze youths hail Danjuma
Meantime, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has again hailed retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma over his call on Nigerians to defend themselves against the marauding herdsmen.
Though Danjuma has received some knocks from some quarters over his call, OYC said the retired General spoke the minds of majority of Nigerians who are fed up with the way the Buhari administration has been handling the issue.
OYC, in a second statement under 48 hours and signed by its President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said that Danjuma’s position “was a further affirmation of the earlier call made by Ohanaeze youths.
“It has been our earlier stand; we have been calling for self-defence; so, today, we are re-echoing that stand.
“Danjuma has justified the position of Ohanaeze youths worldwide. We will resist any attempt to forcefully Islamise our people;we are ready to resist the herdsmen militia.”