The Nigerian military has described comments attributed to former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma as unfortunate.

Recall that Danjuma, had, during the convocation ceremony of the Taraba State University on Saturday, called on Taraba people and Nigerians to defend themselves against herdsmen attacks.

“You must rise to protect yourselves from these people; if you depend on the armed forces to protect you, you will all die,” Danjuma had said.

 “I ask all of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your state. This ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba, and it must stop in Nigeria.

“These killers have been protected by the military; they cover them and you must be watchful to guide and protect yourselves because you have no other place to go.”

However, in a statement on Sunday, the Army urged Nigerians not to heed to Danjuma’s advise.

According to them, “The Nigerian Army views this statement made by the former Chief of Army Staff as most unfortunate at this critical time that the military has embarked upon demilitarisation of the North Central Region of the Country. 

“While Nigerian Army would not want to join issues with the Elder Statesman, however, certain facts need to be clearly stated in the interest of the Taraba People and the Nigerian public.”

The statement added that, “In this light, the authorisation for the conduct of Ex AYEM AKPATUMA was authorised and troops deployed to curb menace of the herdsmen-farmers conflict and other criminal activities in the North Central Region amongst others.

“The Nigerian Army advises the people of Taraba State and indeed all other Nigerians to continue in their day-to-day activities and be law abiding as anyone caught with arms and ammunition will be dealt with accordance with the laws of the land. “