Danjuma’s bombshell on ethnic cleansing in Nigeria; IPOB says he’s waking up late
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The Nigerian army and the IPOB [Indigenous People of Biafra] have responded to the controversial billionaire ex-Chief of Army Staff and ex-Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd) who on Saturday March 24, 2018, screamed a deadly warning/alert to Nigerians to “rise up” and defend themselves against “ethnic cleansing” in Nigeria, alleging the killers are “colluding” with the country’s armed forces to target specific areas.
Danjuma, the 80-years old business mogul in the oil/gas, telecommunications and maritime sectors of the Nigerian economy said at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University’s 10th anniversary: “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. Every one of us must rise up.”
“Our Armed Forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians. The Armed Forces guide their movements; 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 and other rural states of Nigeria otherwise Somalia will be a child’s play.
“I ask every one of you to be alert and defend your country, defend your territory and defend your state. Defend yourselves because you have no other place to go. God bless our country.”
Danjuma’s financial pipeline runs through South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO), an oil exploration and production company that was established in 1995, and granted Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 246 in February 1998, covering 2,590 square kilometres (1,000 square miles). In February 2005, SAPETRO was granted Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130.
USAfricaonline.com is reporting that Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, a Christian from the Jukun ethnic group near the middle belt of Nigeria, was an influential behind-the-scene supporter and heavyweight co-financier of the candidacy of Nigeria’s current President, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, between 2014-2015.
Although, he is not a card-carrying member of any of Nigeria’s ruling or opposition parties, the hard-charging Danjuma gave substantial financial support for the candidacy of two persons [both retired army Generals] who were elected President, variously in 1999, 2003 and 2015. But their performances in office were, in his assessment, according to my sources, “very disappointing.”
IPOB ON DANJUMA’S CALL ON PEOPLE TO “RISE UP”
Meanwhile, IPOB through its spokesman, Emma Powerful said: “We state without any equivocation that all those killed by marauding Fulani herdsmen and the Nigerian military that provides them covert support died in vain because people like TY Danjuma initially supported the oppressors and vilified Mazi Nnamdi Kanu instead of paying careful attention to what he was saying.”
IPOB predicts that “The same way the likes of TY Danjuma from the Middle Belt have woken up to the reality of the failed state that Nigeria has become, hopefully, so will South East governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo and PANDEF do in the coming months. Assuming they will take a leaf from Danjuma and have the courage to speak the truth as boldly as Danjuma has done. Going by their previous slavish antecedents, it remains doubtful they will ever do so because of their lowly status in the affairs of Nigeria.
“The question we are asking is why didn’t Danjuma use places like Yemen Libya, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, etc to cite as an example? He mentioned the same country as [Mazi Nnamdi Kanu] did because he can now see clearly where Nigeria is heading to. This implies that these same people who publicly condemned the style of agitation of IPOB were secretly listening to our leader all the time but stubbornly refused to do something about the injustices he was preaching against.”
On its part, USAfrica notes, the army initially denied the charge of colluding and guiding the ethno-religious killers. In a second statement, the armed forces headquarters promised to investigate the Danjuma allegations.
Buhari contested and won under the banner of the APC, a party and presidency stifled by its naked instinct for nepotism, regional impunity, ideological sectarianism, punitive engagements as standard instruments of governance and self-defeating insularity.
In 1998-1999, Danjuma gave support to his military mate, Olusegun Obasanjo — who became President under the umbrella of the corruption-ridden confederacy of financial locusts called the PDP. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, CLASSmagazine and USAfrica magazine, appears occasionally as an analyst on CNN International, SKYnews (London)