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“Dont Threaten Danjuma” – Arewa Forum Cautions Niger Delta Militants

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Northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum has warned ex- Niger Delta militants, Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boyloaf and others to desist from threatening former Minister of Defence, Gen T.Y Danjuma rtd; following the ex minister’s recent call for their arrest over remarks that Nigeria will be ungovernable, if president Jonathan loses the Presidential elections.

It would be recalled that the militants had met in the Government House, Bayelsa, where, they had issued threats, if President Goodluck Jonathan, is not returned, elected. Also, NewsWireNgr reported that, former Defence minister, Danjuma, while commissioning a housing unit in Kano, had called for the arrests of the militants following such inciting remarks. As a follow up, it was also reported here, that militants had warned that they would destroy the assets of the former minister in Niger Delta if he fails to apologize for calling for their arrest.

In a statement released and signed by the ACF’s National Publicity Secretary , Muhammadu Ibrahim, Monday, February 2nd, the ACF warned that it would not accept any threats from anyone on a man who they described as an elder statesman who fought for the unity of Nigeria.
“ACF and indeed all Nigerians hold Gen T.Y. Danjuma,    former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister in high esteem, as a revered patriot, elder statesman and a philanthropist of repute who fought for the unity of Nigeria and has continued to play this fatherly role even in his old age. ACF will therefore not accept any threat to his person or business assets or to any law-abiding citizen by any group or individuals in the name of militancy.

“ACF wishes to remind the Niger Delta militants that President Jonathan did not ascend to his present position through threats and intimidation, but rather through democratic means of canvassing for votes without any form of molestation throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria in 2011. The same process the President and other candidates vying for the office shall go through to emerge as Nigeria’s President in 2015 and not through intimidation, threats and ultimatum.

“ACF therefore views such threats and intimidation by the ex-militants as an affront not only to Gen. Danjuma but an attack on a democratically elected Federal Government of Nigeria, over which President Jonathan presides. It is also an open challenge to the nation’s security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Security and even the Nigerian military that are responsible for maintaining law and order and any form of internal and external aggression against Nigeria.

The statement also called ACF hereby calls upon the Federal Government to urgently take necessary steps and contain this emerging threat to national security by Niger Delta ex- militants to avert any ugly consequences.” the statement read

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