In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 25th, September, 2020

Presidency Assaults Danjuma, IPOB Over UK Lawmakers Letter Accusing FG Of Ethnic Cleaning

Presidency Attacks Danjuma, IPOB Over UK Lawmakers Letter Accusing FG Of Ethnic Cleansing

Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu


The Nigerian presidency has lambasted Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, former Nigerian Chief of Military Workers over claims that Nigeria’s armed forces are colluding with armed teams to kill and bloodbath ethnic teams within the nation.


Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Thursday said that Danjuma is just not “a pure supply of stress for good governance”.


He was reacting to the letter by UK lawmakers to the Commonwealth on the killings of Christians in Nigeria.


The legislators disclosed that they met and spoke to Danjuma who instructed them that the nation’s Armed Forces “will not be impartial”, and that they “collude in ethnic cleaning”.


The lawmakers in a letter dated September 14, addressed to Patricia Scotland, Secretary-Normal of the Commonwealth, stated failure of the Federal Authorities to guard Nigerians was a breach of its obligations underneath the Commonwealth Constitution.


Referencing a report by the UK All-Celebration Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Worldwide Freedom of Faith or Perception, the lawmakers stated 1000’s of civilians have been killed and that “parts of the Nigerian authorities could also be complicit in violence”.


The lawmakers requested probe be carried out into the killings and at least guarantee “sufficient safety and assist for these struggling the lack of members of the family and the destruction of their properties and livelihoods.’’


The letter which stated a number of the signatories had met and spoken with Nigeria’s former Chief of Military Workers, Lt. Normal Theophilus Danjuma, retd, quoted information reviews attributed to him to the impact that the armed forces will not be impartial and that they collude within the ethnic cleaning in riverine states by Fulani herders.

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“He insists that villagers should defend themselves as a result of ‘relying on the armed forces’ will lead to them dying ‘one after the other’. The ethnic cleaning should cease,” it quoted Danjuma as saying.


It nonetheless conceded that the signatories “acknowledge the vital distinction between the Fulani generally (a various group of hundreds of thousands of individuals with tons of of clans) and the sub-group of nicely armed, radicalized Fulani who perform assaults.”


The letter, titled “Nigeria:  Unfolding Genocide?” learn: “We write to spotlight pressing issues about escalating violence in Nigeria, the place assaults, led by Boko Haram, Fulani herders and different Islamist militia proceed in northern and central-belt states, with reviews of accelerating violence within the South-East.

“The state’s failure to guard its residents is a transparent breach of its obligations underneath the Commonwealth Constitution in respect of human rights.

“There may be now an pressing want to make sure sufficient safety and assist for these struggling the lack of members of the family and the destruction of their properties and livelihoods, and to finish impunity by making certain that complaints associated to human rights violations are promptly, independently, and impartially investigated and people accountable are held to account after honest trials.”


The parliamentarians additional requested that the difficulty be raised with the Commonwealth ministerial motion group.


“We write, due to this fact, to ask whether or not you’ll be able to reply on behalf of the Commonwealth and to lift these pressing issues with the Commonwealth Ministerial Motion Group. We might be very prepared to satisfy in individual (or maybe extra virtually on-line by way of zoom) to debate how we’d proceed,’’ the lawmakers said.

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Nevertheless, whereas reacting with out mentioning the previous Normal’s title, Shehu stated throughout spiritual and ethnic riots in two states in 2001 and 2002, Nigerians “have been violently and ruthlessly put down by the army underneath his authority”.


This, he famous, precipitated the deaths “of 1000’s of lives and the displacement of some additional 50,000 individuals.”


Shehu wrote: “It is very important stress to our companions and colleagues in the UK that not all who press them have the perfect pursuits of both democratic governance or peaceable coexistence in thoughts. For instance, the previous Nigerian Chief of Military Workers, named and quoted within the letter as a supply on army issues, relinquished that place some 40 years in the past – in 1979.

“He was final in a authorities place 17 years in the past in 2003 (as Minister of Defence). At the moment, spiritual and ethnic riots erupted in two states of the federation, (2001 and 2002), these have been violently and ruthlessly put down by the army underneath his authority, resulting in the lack of 1000’s of lives and the displacement of some additional 50,000 individuals. He’s, due to this fact, not a pure supply of stress for good governance.”


Shehu additionally accused the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) of embarking on a world marketing campaign in opposition to Nigeria.

“One other, signatory to the letter, is well-known to be related to the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, a Nigerian-blacklisted terrorist group. The IPOB is working a widely known (source-of-financing-unknown) worldwide marketing campaign meant to wreck the popularity of Nigeria and its authorities with a view to additional their reason behind “independence”. He jumped bail in Nigeria. He steadily travels on a Nigerian passport however urged his supporters to burn their passports!

“The IPOB barely point out their goals of their publicity; neither do they point out that their very own management don’t declare to be Christian. But, their media and lobbying marketing campaign has centered near-exclusively on selling issues associated to Christianity in Nigeria, promulgating false claims authorities with 50 per cent of its cupboard and 50 per cent of its State Governors who’re Christian in some way works in opposition to Christians”, Shehu added.

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