by Musa Abdullahi
A former Chief of Army staff, General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) has posthumously criticised the late Igbo leader and Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu while hailing Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat.
Danjuma’s comment is coming at a time the dust is yet to settle regarding the Oba of Lagos’ threat against Igbos.
The criticism came on Wednesday, April 8, when President Goodluck Jonathan visited the former Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council, at his residence in Abuja.
Danjuma sought to compare the post-election action of his visitor, President Goodluck Jonathan, to the action of Ojukwu after the fall of Enugu during the Biafran war.
According to Danjuma, if Ojukwu had accepted defeat in the hands of federal troops like Jonathan did after Muhammadu Buhari’s victory, the civil war would have been averted and bloodshed avoided.
The ex-Minister of Defence made the unnecessary comparison at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja, shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Jonathan.
Danjuma said: “The outcome of the election and the manner in which President Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, is totally un-African, it is very important in the history of Africa.”
“If Ojukwu did the same after the fall of Enugu, and conceded defeat to the federal troops he would have saved the nation one full year of bloodshed. President Jonathan has made history, set a record to be emulated by the rest of Africa and indeed the whole world. It’s an excellent thing he did.”
He commended him for the way he handled the aftermath of the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to him, the President has set a record by conceding defeat to the winner of the presidential election and All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.