Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) has accused the armed forces of taking side with militant herdsmen in the intractable clashes between the latter and farmers.
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Danjuma, an ex-defence minister, alleged this at the maiden convocation and 10-year anniversary celebration of the Taraba State University (TSU), Jalingo.
Speaking at the occasion, the former minister expressed his displeasure at the crisis, alleging that the killing was an effort by the Fulanis to wide out other tribes adding that the alleged move must be resisted.
He said, “Taraba State is a mini Nigeria where we have many ethnic groups living together peacefully.
“But the peace in this State is under assault. There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in this State, and of course all the riverine states of Nigeria.
“We must resist it. We must stop it. Every one of us must rise up. The armed forces are not neutral. They collude; they collude; they collude with the armed bandits that kill people and kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movement. They cover them.
“If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.
“This ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State. It must stop in all the states of Nigeria. Otherwise Somalia would be a child’s play.”