By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo
Former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) has said the country would be reduced to nothing if bandits terrorising the country are not rooted out.
He said their mission is to re-colonise the people and alluded to the warning he issued some years back which he said has vindicated him today after being called a liar by the Ministry of Defence.
Danjuma spoke Saturday in Wukari, during the recent action of the staff of the office to the 25th Aku-Uka of Wukari, HRM. Manu Ishaku Adda Ali Amatakitswen.
According to him, “our country is under siege by armed bandits.
“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 about 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 state that I was only speculating and that there was no evidence. But now there is evidence.
“The whole country now is being overrun and one very clear thing that is happening now is that these foreign invaders are destroying everything and our government allowed them to come into the country.
“As a soldier, my training teaches me that the best defence attacks. Right now we are all sitting dogs and these people are armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction.
“They are trying to recolonise us and take over our land. This country with the largest population of black men is being brought to ruin by absolutely useless criminals.
“My prayer is that God almighty that has given us this land would give us the courage to face up to our enemies, locate where they are and root them out; driving them out of the country otherwise Nigeria is finished.”
Gen. Danjuma also urged the new monarch to unite the Jukun race to ensure its people rally around to defend themselves.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa-ad Abubakar (II) on his part urged the youths to join hands with the new monarch to promote peace among the various ethnic nationalities under his jurisdiction.
He also pledged the support of his chiefdom to the Aku-Uka whenever such is required.
Taraba Governor Darius Ishaku and his Counterpart from Plateau state, Simon Lalong who also spoke, used the occasion to enjoin all descendants of the Kwararafa kingdom to come together for the good of the Jukun race.