The Peoples Democratic Party says the call by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen.Theophilus Danjuma(retd.), that Nigerians should defend themselves against killers is a testimony of the tragic situation in the nation.

Danjuma made the call during the maiden convocation of Taraba State University of Saturday.

He had said, “There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state (Taraba) and of course, some rural states in Nigeria, we must resist it. We must stop it. Everyone of us must rise up. Our armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians… If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.”

The PDP's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan,says Danjuma’s statement justifies its stand that the Buhari Presidency and the dysfunctional APC must be held responsible for Nigerian's agony.

The PDP said the statement coming from an army general, a former Chief of Army Staff and a former defence minister of Danjuma’s status was weighty and “directly reflects the ugly situation in the country under the APC.”

Ologbondiyan said the fact that communities were resorting to self-defence is a clear demonstration that Nigerians across board “have completely lost confidence in President Buhari and the APC.”

"Nigerians are no longer feeling secure in their land. Our country has, in close to three years, assumed a status of killing field where defenceless citizens are despoiled, raped and mowed by insurgents and marauders in Benue, Taraba, Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Adamawa, Borno,  Plateau, Nasarawa, Rivers, Enugu, Kogi among other states.

“Unfortunately, the Buhari-led APC federal government remains aloof and has failed to take decisive steps that will apprehend the masterminds of the carnage.

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