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A Quick Defence of General Danjuma – SSA, Public Affairs

A Quick Defence of General Danjuma – SSA, Public Affairs

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

I’m sure former defense minister, General TY Danjuma does not need much defense and when he does, has very qualified people to do so. But let me quickly stop some people in their tracks with context as they continue to hurtle hate and spiteful lines at the General for saying what he should have said many months ago.

The general today in Jalingo slammed his main base – the military- accusing them for lacking neutrality in the ongoing herdsmen mayhem. He came close to saying the nation’s military has failed. It was a damning verdict by a man who should know if anyone knows at all. Trust some few Nigerians. They immediately started insulting the world acclaimed fearless general. But he has spoken apologetically.

For clarity, the venerable General is from Taraba state and from Takum local government to be precise. This global citizen has a village and all politics is local. It is Takum that shaped his world view and donated him to the rest of humanity. And anyone even listening to anything knows that Takum lately has become the epicenter of the Taraba’s bitter experience with killer herdsmen. Apart from the horrors of recently losing a member of the House of Assembly in this town, several attacks have made Takum the “wild wild west” of Taraba. And nothing could be more surprising other that Takum has a barrack – a military barrack the venerable general attracted to the area years back with the hope that it would address security challenges. But Takum has since become a scary place to live and work as I write this. Only the youths keep watch over defenseless people there.

Now Governor Darius Ishaku is also from Takum. He has been very vocal about the fact his place is not safe and has openly called for the removal of the CO of the said barracks. Actually, Governor Darius has continuously maintained that he can’t guarantee anyone’s safety in the state since the security agents don’t take any orders from him. The other day he had to cry out that Taraba would be attacked in a matter of days. So the fears and cries of a security deficit has been on now by the governor. The General surely must have silently made his research into this apprehensions. When he eventually spoke today, it was the sum-total of the fears in the land. Why should anyone attack a man who is confronting an existential threat dangerously looming in the horizon not just for Taraba but the nation as whole? Should the general have just watched as the killings spread? When he asked people to defend themselves, he knew exactly what directives he was giving.

And trust the general. He chose the perfect place to drop the H-bomb. The venue was picture perfect (the hallowed space of a convocation ground); targeting young people who have a future ahead of them, the war-time General shouted from the ivory tower to be heard loud and clear around the world. It was a war cry no doubt from a practiced man of many battles. Courageous, dignified and unequivocal, he said the military was colluding with attackers to kill Nigerians. No verdict could be more damning . No words could be so incisive as he went straight for the jugular.

Now it is up to the military to either look into this profound accusation or not. They could push back by ignoring it. Already fans of the ruling party, APC, are up in arms to lamely defend the administration. Name calling is the usual sanctuary of those who really have nothing more to say. But let’s not forget that a man who once went to war to keep Nigeria together is not afraid to go the miles to make sure lives are safe. That’s the measure and statute of a man who truly loves his fatherland.

Taraba State CAN Chairman Rev. Dr. Ben Ubeh Dies

Taraba State CAN Chairman Rev. Dr. Ben Ubeh Dies

The Taraba State Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle John Aina on Sunday confirmed the death of the State Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ben Ubeh in a motor accident along Zing-Yola road.

Ubeh died in the early hours of Sunday while on his way to Yola for an official engagement. An eyewitness who was traveling with the CAN Chairman, Rev. Peter Gambo, told our correspondent that the incident happened when they parked to buy some items in Zing town on their way to Yola, Adamawa State.

Gambo who is the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), explained that he (Gambo) was not feeling fine and that when they got to Zing, they parked for him to get some drugs when the accident happened.

“We parked to buy drugs and the CAN Chairman too came out and stood at the back of the vehicle
(a Toyota Hilux van) we were traveling in when suddenly a truck came from behind and crushed him. “I am still in shock over the incident, but I have come to terms with the fact that God knows best,” he said.

Gambo said the State Governor, Darius Ishaku immediately sent a delegation to Zing who helped him to evacuate the corpse to Jalingo which has since been deposited in the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital.

Rev. Ubeh was elected CAN Chairman of Taraba state in 2016 and is the General Overseer of Army of God Glorious Ministries. At the time of filing this report, there was no official reaction from the family as the family was said to be holding meeting with church officials.

Insecurity: Danjuma Urges Nigerians to Defend Themselves

Insecurity: Danjuma Urges Nigerians to Defend Themselves

Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) a former Minister of Defence on Saturday urged Nigerians to defend  themselves from killers across the country instead of depending on the armed forces.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Danjuma disclosed this at the maiden convocation and 10th anniversary of the Taraba State University, Jalingo. The elder statesman explained that the armed forces of Nigeria at the moment were providing cover and defending the killers.

“You must rise to protect your selves from these people, if you depend on the armed forces for protection, you will all die one by one.

“The ethnic cleansing must stop now, otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s play. “I ask everyone of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your territory, defend your state because you have no where else to go.

“The armed forces are not neutral, they are conniving with the armed bandits that are killing people,” he said.

Danjuma described Taraba as a miniature Nigeria with beautiful cultures which the bandits were doing everything to destroy.

In his comments, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba expressed delight over the growth of the university within 10 years.

Ishaku commended the founders of the institution for their foresight in bringing university education to the door steps of Taraba people. He pledged to continue to support the university to meet a world class status.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vicent Tenebe commended the state government for its continued support for the rapid growth of the university.

Tenebe congratulated the 5, 900 graduands across the first five sets of the university, urging them to be good ambassadors of the institution.

Honorary Doctorate were presented to Gen. T. Y Danjuma, Sen. Jeremiah Useni and Gov. Ishaku.

Others were Dr. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation and the former Executive Secretary  of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.