A former Minister of Defence, retired General Theophilus Danjuma, says if he reveals what is happening in the country, Nigerians will no longer sleep.
He spoke yesterday at the University of Ibadan during the launch of a book, 70 Years of Progressive Journalism: The Story of the Nigerian Tribune and the presentation of Tribune’s Platinum Awards.
“In Yorubaland, everybody seems to have lost their voice, scared. And people appear not to care about what is happening. If I tell you what I know that is happening in Nigeria today, you will no longer sleep”, he said.
“So, Chief Ayo Adebanjo’s warning and advice is very timely. If you want details, I will give it to you privately.
“We are in a big hole as nation. And people who put us in this hole have continued today. So, we’ve to wake up. Only we can save ourselves. “The fifth columnists’ activities going on among your people are not helping matters. May Almighty God continue to bless this country, but only we can save ourselves from ourselves.”
This is the second time the Former Minister of Defence, is openly speaking about the state of the nation, the first time he spoke, he had stated that Christians are still being killed by Fulani herdsmen in the North Central geopolitical zone of the country.
The statement created controversy when he urged Taraba people to defend themselves against killer herdsmen, alleging that the military was conniving with the herdsmen to perpetrate ethnic cleansing.
The former Chief of Army Staff reiterated his position that Fulani herdsmen were still killing Christians in the North-Central zone at a discourse in the United States.
Danjuma, was in company of Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, at a session organised by the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), in collaboration with Heritage Foundation and 21 Wilberforce, when he made the comments.
“Evidence is there that President Buhari has failed. Corruption continues and ineffective governance does not confront attacks on villages.
“If chaos continues in Nigeria, refugees will flood over West Africa, then Europe and eventually America – whether you build a wall or not,” he said.
Danjuma had called on the help of democratic governments in the West for Nigeria’s stability.
“We need ‘civilised democracies’ like the US to help with our Nigerian democracy in ways that provide security for citizens of every religious affiliation, bring justice to perpetrators of violence, and empower civil society to confront atrocities and stand together to promote peace,” he added.