Theophilus Danjuma, a former Minister of defence, has accused the government of not doing enough to secure citizens amid the insecurity in some parts of the country.
Danjuma disclosed this during the installation of a monarch in Wukari, Taraba State on Saturday.
The retired general said the aim of bandits is to re-colonise Nigeria.
Recall that Danjuma had in 2018 indicted the army and other security apparatus for conniving with gunmen to attack Nigerians.
Danjuma had said, “The armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the armed bandits. They kill people, kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movements, they cover them,” Danjuma had said.
“If you depend on the armed forces to stop the killings you will all die one by one.”
Responding, the Nigerian army set up a panel to probe his statements, noting that it was capable of dampening the reputation of the armed forces.
Citing the incident in his speech on Saturday, Danjuma said the developments in the country have justified his stance.
He said, “When some few years ago I warned that the armed forces are either not capable or unwilling to protect us and that we must defend ourselves, the first denial about what I said came from the ministry of defence.
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“They said I was lying and they set up a kangaroo board of inquiry to investigate the truth or otherwise of what I said.
“They invited me to come and testify but I did not go. They wrote their report which state that I was only speculating and that there was no evidence. But now there is evidence.
“The whole country now is being overrun and one very clear thing that is happening now is that these foreign invaders are destroying everything and our government allowed them to come into the country.
“As a soldier, my training teaches me that the best defence attacks. Right now we are all sitting ducks and these people are armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction.
“They are trying to recolonise us and take over our land. This country with the largest population of black men is being brought to ruin by absolutely useless criminals.
“My prayer is that God Almighty that has given us this land would give us the courage to face up to our enemies, locate where they are and root them out; driving them out of the country otherwise Nigeria is finished.”
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