The Nigerian defence authorities spokesperson Brigadier General John Agim, has said the military can’t guarantee the security of every inch of the country’s territory in North East Nigeria.
Meawhile, the former Minister of Defense, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), on Saturday, urged Nigerians to defend themselves against killers in the country.
Agim said on Sunrise, a breakfast program on Channels Television that the Nigerian military did not have the manpower capacity to deploy troops to secure all schools in North East because of the huge landmass and unpredictability of attacks by insurgents.
“The military doesn’t have the labour to convey (troops) to every one of the schools. It isn’t conceivable.
The withdrawal of troops from Dapchi which some have blamed for the ease with which Boko Haram on the kidnaped of 110 schoolgirls from Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), in the town.
Danjuma made the call while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, Taraba State.
“There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state and of course, some rural states in Nigeria.
“We must resist it. We must stop it. Everyone of us must rise up.”
“Nigerians must rise to protect yourselves from these people; if you depend on the armed forces to protect you, you will all die. “I ask all of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your state,” he admonished.
the unnecessary killings, which is akin to an act of ethnic cleansing being perpetuated against the people of Taraba, specifically, and Nigeria, at large, must stop.
The Armed Forces now “collude with armed bandits” to attack innocent Nigerians,” he said, warning: “If you depend on them to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.”
Why will the Armed Forces have derailed from its constitutional responsibilities by aligning with “killers” to intimidate and maim innocent Nigerians.
“Defend your country, defend your state and defend yourselves.” since the people have nowhere else to go, they must “collectively resist any attempt that would frustrate the growth of the country.”
Nigerians would resist any attempt by the President to hide under the “arranged abduction and release of the Dapchi girls” to achieve his alleged dictatorial aim of further clamping down on those who chose to speak out on his government’s failings.