The Executive Governor of Taraba state, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku celebrates an Elder Statement, General TY Danjuma on his 82nd birthday.
The governor expressed his heartfelt felicitation on this wonderful day, stressing that Tarabans are proud of his achievements.
He also thanked him for all the supports and motivations.
“It gives me great joy to celebrate you on your 82nd birthday. Thank you so much for your support and motivation. The good people of Taraba State are proud of your achievements, firstly as a retired Army General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and secondly for your huge success in the business and humanitarian world.”
“Thank you for being there for us whenever we call. I have learnt so much from you over the years and I owe much of my success to your leadership example which has inspired me greatly.”
“Happy Birthday General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma GCON FSS PSC (Rtd).”
According to Arthur Charles Clarke;
“All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. “
General TY Danjuma (Rtd.)
It is against that background that there is a need to ask on the recent killing of 3 policemen of the Intelligence Response Team in a covert operation in Taraba state by soldiers of the 93 Battalion whose report shall we believe: that of Frank Mba or Sagir Musa? Mba and Musa spokespersons of the Police and Army respectively have presented contrasting narratives. The truth however is that General TY Danjuma has finally been vindicated.
In March 2018, a former Army chief TY Danjuma warned Nigerians to stand up and defend themselves.
He spoke against the backdrop of the increased killings in the Riverine area purportedly by Fulani herdsmen in collusion with army personnel. The General was not only succinct but vehement in his allegations. Predictably, the government of the day including its host of supporters particularly social media, took on the former Army chief using all sorts of diatribes and uncomplimentary language.
The Nigerian Army authorities not only denied the allegations but raised a panel under the chairmanship of General John Nimyel (rtd) to look into the charges by the former Army chief.
While that was playing out, leading legal authorities from across the country validated Danjuma’s claims based on constitutional grounds. Despite the fact that the General has been ridiculed and violently opposed, what he had asserted has nevertheless become self-evident in full accordance to Mr. Clarke’s dictum.
Beyond the denials and multiplicity of lame excuses and speculative justification on a myriad of reasons ranging from lack of inter agency cooperation to narratives and counter narratives, the whereabouts of the arrested kidnap kingpin in the attacked police convoy remains a mystery.
With the additional benefit of hindsight, General Danjuma was characteristically unequivocal when he declared “The armed forces are not neutral”. That coming from an elder statesman with proven track record of national service was supposed to be a wake-up call but this is Nigeria where those that worship at the altar of the political idolatry of President Buhari consider any meaningful observation or constructive criticism as hostile action.
Far from it. Our nation needs voices of conscience that are beyond partisan sentiments and hero worship. Nigeria is at cross roads and we need more Danjumas that would embark on regular national rescue missions.
As for those that want to stand on the truth in our national affairs, may they be reminded of the words of Martin Luther King’s warning “Nothing in this world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”
In conclusion, the General Nimyel panel gave the army a clean bill of health over their former chief’s emphatic allegations. Did they hear from him to validate his claims? I have my doubts because the day the committee was inaugurated they promised to publicize the findings. Well, it’s more than a year down and still no report findings in the public domain.
That no doubt speaks volumes!
The former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (Rtd) on Tuesday raised an alarm over plot to rig next month’s elections by people he described as elements of primitive democracy.
Danjuma stated this while commissioning a medical laboratory at Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity Hospital in his hometown, Takum, Taraba State.
The former Chief of Army Staff also noted that there was a plan to cause unrest that would make some states particularly Taraba ungovernable for systematic manipulation.
He advised the people of Taraba to be cautious of the intrigues and not to fall prey of the plot of the evil elements, but stay steadfast and protect their votes and make sure that their votes and the choices they make at the polls are counted.
“We must be careful if we want another four years for our able Governor Arch. Darius Ishaku. We must work hard for peace in addition to just registering and obtaining our permanent voters’ cards.
“There is no need for us to fight ourselves because they will use police and soldiers to destabilize us and rig elections. It is in our best interest to make sure there is peace. We will suffer all forms of provocation because there is going to be enough provocation between now and the time of the election.
“Those behind this plot know that they will not win the election if there is peace. I want to call on you not to sell your votes because you will be selling your birthright if you do so.
“I beg everyone of you to maintain peace so that there are no surprises and so we can have a peaceful election and there is no postponement as a result of instability.
“The last time, even when Darius’ political party was the ruling party, he was made to go into a runoff three times. This time they have perfected rigging. Once you don’t win the first time they will sit down and write the result in the runoff for their candidate. This is the primitive democracy we have in Nigeria today,” he said.
Danjuma called on the people to guard their votes and ensure that their votes count and their will expressed at the ballot is the true reflection of what is announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC.
The Former Minister of Defense, Lt. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma on Tuesday commissioned the N1.355bn International Model Government Secondary School and College of Preliminary and Remedial Studies in Takum Taraba State, built by the Victims Support Fund (VSF).
Commissioning the ultra-modern school in Takum, Danjuma who is the Chairman of Presidential Committee on Victims Support Fund (VSF) thanked the staff of the agency for approving the money for the remodeling of the school in his hometown.
According to him, the funds were raised by individuals, the private sector and the government during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan who launched the funds raising efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of terror in the north-east.
While recounting the trauma and challenges he faced in search of western education while growing up as a child Gen. Danjuma called on parents to ensure that their children are diligent in their studies so that the essence of establishing the school will not be in vain.
He charged the people of Taraba to take advantage of the school for the advancement of education in the state, even as he commended Governor Darius Ishaku for his vision in partnering VSF in remodeling the school to an international standard.
“I don’t know what the circumstances that led to the destruction of this school which we have remodeled and we are commissioning today, but whatever the circumstances were, I called on you to forgive your differences and give peace a chance.
“This school belongs to you and you must protect it. The fund was meant to alleviate the challenges faced by victims of terror.
“You are not directly affected, but you are benefiting from the fund, that is why I commend the committee for finding it worthy to bring the project to my hometown for the benefit of my people,” he said.
Governor Darius Ishaku in a remark thanked General TY Danjuma and the Victims Support Fund for the project, adding that the project was in line with his administration’s passion for educational development which he said has seen improvement in the performance of Taraba students in external examinations.
He thanked development Africa the agency that handled the construction of the project for delivering on a quality job within a record time and announced that the College of Preliminary and Remedial Studies will be manned by the Taraba State University in preparing students for advanced studies.
On his part, the Executive Director VSF Prof. Sunday Ocheche said the project which is the single largest project ever handled by VSF has 14 blocks of classrooms, Corps Members lodge, 5 blocks of staff quarters, an examination hall, a Dormitory blocks, Administrative block and Library among others.
Ochoche commended the state government for their support and partnership for the success of the project and urged the people of the state to take advantage of the project for the advancement of education in the state.
Earlier, Commissioner for Education Mr. Johannes Njigem said the commissioning of the project was a right step in the improvement of education in the state.
Njigem who lauded the Chairman of the Victim Support Fund Gen. TY Danjuma for his support in ensuring the remodeling of the school, noted that the state government has invested largely in education which has now placed Taraba first in the north-east in terms of performance in external examinations.
The Taraba State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Darius Ishaku, the T.Y Danjuma foundation and other concerned bodies have commenced free medical services around the State .
The program which has been going on in places like Wukari has brought succour to thousands of citizens and restored health to the less privileged.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Engr Haruna Manu who represented the Governor today on a supervision visit said the program had come to stay because the Governor takes delight in the health of Tarabans. Hence, he would not relent in making sure they live healthier lives.
Manu expressed satisfaction with what he saw at the center saying the Doctors were doing their best and urged the people to corporate with them to get needed assistance.
He thanked other partnering bodies for joining hands with the State government in bringing better health to the people and stressed that government of Governor Darius was always open to anyone who comes into the State to contribute to its development.