- A group has called for an open apology from a former chief of army staff Theophilus Danjuma
- It urged Danjuma to immediately re-secure his reputation by a remorseful retraction of the statements on call to self-defence
- According to the group, all stakeholders in Taraba state and its environs should be cautioned against making inflammatory statements
A middle belt group has called on the former chief of army staff, Theophilus Danjuma, to tender an open apology to the federal government and the Nigerian Army over allegations of killings in Taraba state.
The Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) while commending the Nigeria Army on the recently released report by a board of inquiry set up to investigate the allegations made by Danjuma said an apology from the former service chief is important.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the national coordinator of MBCG, Prince Enero, said all stakeholders in Taraba state and its environs should be cautioned against making inflammatory statements.
Enero said Damjuma should immediately re-secure his reputation by a remorseful retraction of the statements, with an apology to the federal government, the Nigerian Army and the good people of Nigeria over his utterances.
"It is our firm conviction that all stakeholders in Taraba State should be cautioned against making inflammatory statements, which have the potency to undermine, jeopardize or scuttle the efforts at peace and security to bring the communal clashes to a halt, with the intervention of the Army," Enero said.
He added that the Army probe panel was manned by credible serving and retired Army officers; representatives of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and scores of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
He said: "The Probe Panel did a wonderful and commendable job, as evidenced by its detailed findings, recommendations and the verdict extricating the Nigerian Army of any complicity, whether in whole or in part on any of the allegations raised by General Danjuma or cohorts.
"The Panel’s report eloquently and articulately opined that there was no collusion with armed bandits by the Nigerian Army or any of its units operating in Taraba state, within the period covered by the allegations, as claimed by Gen. Danjuma (rtd).
"This is in tandem with the widely held position of many other groups who carried out independent assessment of the situation," Enero concluded.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Danjuma had advised Nigerians especially residents of Taraba, his home state to defend themselves against killers in the country.
Danjuma while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo said there is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in rural states in the country.
He said Taraba is a mini Nigeria with diverse ethnic groups living together peacefully, but the peace in this state is under assault.
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