FG Replies Theophilus Danjuma, Urges Him To Use His Position Of Influence Wisely
The federal government has advised a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma, to use his position of influence and stop calling for anarchy.
This was contained in a statement by the Presidential Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Recall that Danjuma, had asked Nigerians to defend themselves against attacks by bandits, saying the military men were no longer neutral and charged victims of such attacks to resist them.
The Presidency, in its response to the call for anarchy, said it “is very worried that criminal gangs will feel justified in defying legal governing and democratic institutions, and authority of legitimately elected democratic government if unrestrained pronouncements are made.”
“It is both shocking and scary to hear the recent comments by a senior citizen calling for Nigerians to defend themselves.
“The Presidency commends the Nigerian military’s efforts to maintain peace and stability, despite being pulled in various directions by elements determined to destabilize the country and government for their selfish reasons.
“What country would survive if its citizens rise against the country’s organized, trained and equipped military?
“We advise former leaders to take advantage of the various fora where people with a history of national security can offer advice to the government without resorting to the exploitation of emotional sentiments.
‘The civil war motto: “TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE IS A TASK THAT MUST BE DONE” rings very timely at this time in our nation’s history. We must be careful to avoid the mess that destroyed other African countries like Somalia.”