- Governor Nyesom Wike said he supports the call for self defence by General TY Danjuma
- Wike said similar killings to that of Taraba is going on in Rivers state
- He accused security agencies of working for the opposition party, APC
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday, March 26, said he agreed with former minister of defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), recent calls for Nigerians to pick up arms in self defence against killer herdsmen and bandits.
Danjuma, while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, said the Nigerian Army is biased in defending the masses and urged Nigerians to take up self defence.
Punch reports that Wike said Danjuma's call for self defence is the right thing and added that he would begin a fasting and prayer session for the former minister of defence.
The governor made this statement at the Government House, Port Harcourt, while swearing in four judges of the state high court and the Customary Court of Appeal.
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He said: “Nigeria has got to a point that we don’t know where we are heading. I don’t fast, but I will fast and pray to God to keep General Danjuma. General Theophilus Danjuma has said the truth. It is happening daily in Rivers State.
“We are setting up our Neighbourhood Safety Corps, but they are generating crisis. We only replicated what is in existence in Lagos state, but nobody queries that of Lagos state. Only recently, Nasarawa state launched her outfit, without being challenged.
“The recent deliberate crisis and threat of violence by the APC on the setting up of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps underscores the devilish schemes to promote insecurity in Rivers state."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, March 25, reacted to the call by former minister of defence, Lt. Gen.Theophilus Danjuma(retd.), for Taraba state indigenes and Nigerians as a whole to take up arms and defend themselves against herdsmen attacks.
The PDP, in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Danjuma’s statement had justified its stand that the Buhari presidency and the APC must be held responsible for the agonising state of the nation.
Meanwhile, the federal government said Danjuma's comments against the military is an invitation to anarchy.
In a statement released on Sunday, March 25, Tukur Gusau, the spokesperson to the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said Danjuma's call for Nigerians, especially Taraba residents to defend themselves is uncalled for and should be disregarded by well meaning Nigerians.
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