The Nigerian presidency has reacted to calls by ex-military general, Theophilus Danjuma to defend themselves against attacks by Fulani Herdsmen and Bandits.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, during an interview on Channels TV Programme ‘Sunday Politics’ said that there was nothing wrong in innocent citizens defending themselves when attacked but that it has to be done within the ambit of the law. He said;
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with you defending yourself in line with the law”.
“The security services in the country will probably not be telling Nigerians to do nothing when they come and attack”.
On the reaction of the President to the Former Defence Minister’s outburst, Shehu said;
“This is a listening government and the reaction then was of silence to say to them that we have heard you. We will listen to the useful advice you have given us. We will take what we can use from what you have said.”
It will be recalled that on March 24, during a convocation ceremony of Taraba State University, Danjuma accused the military of complicity in the killings within Taraba, Benue and other “riverine states” in the country.
He said; “The peace in this state is under assault. There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in this state and, of course, in all the riverine state of Nigeria. We must resist it. We must stop it. Every one of us must rise up,”.