TY Danjuma

The Middle- Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) has charged a former Chief Army Staff, Lt. Gen. TY Danjuma, to wade into the renewed Jukun/Tiv crisis in Benue State, Concise News reports.

This online news medium understands that the group in a statement on Tuesday that Danjuma’s loud silence over attacks on Benue State farmers in Jukum LGA of the state by his kinsmen is baffling.

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It, therefore, urged him to warn his tribesmen to desist from the incessant killings of Tiv people.

“MBCG is saddened with the penchant or mentality to impulsively resort to violence and killing as a means of settling minor disputes and acrimonies by our brothers and sisters in this region,” the statement added.

“The ongoing violence and killings between the Jukuns and Tivs on the border communities of Kante in Wukari LGA of Taraba state and Ukum in Benue state is regrettable and most unfortunate.”

It added that “We are tempted to believe the Jukun armed militia are acting the script of Gen. TY Danjuma (rtd) who on March, 24th, 2018 at the Taraba State University maiden Convocation ceremony, urged his Jukun brothers and indeed other Nigerians to self-defence.

“The former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister echoed that “You must rise to protect yourselves from these people, if you depend on the Arm Forces to protect you, you will all die…I ask all of you to be on your alert and defend your country, defend your state.

“We believe it is the error of judgment of this statement from Danjuma by Jukun youths that has led to the present crisis.

“Perhaps, the alleged killing of the military officer by Jukun youths was their idea of self-defence as propagated by Danjuma.

“And the current round of violent siege of Tiv communities in Wukari and Ukum is the extension of self-defence by Jukun youths.

“We have no doubt that it is the Jukun youths’ interpretation of Gen. Danjuma’s call for self-defence, probably because they feel killing their Tiv brothers over the arrest of Jukun community leaders is the self-defence of these leaders and shielding of the real suspects in the murder of the military personnel.”

Also, the statement added that”The time for Danjuma to speak to his conscience is now. His intentional silence, as an elder statesman since the current violence on Tiv farmers in Wukari and Ukum LGAs broke out are pointers to his endorsement of it.”

This is as it called on “the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and World leaders to sanction Gen.

“TY Danjuma. They should prevail on him to stop colluding with the militias of his kinsmen to exterminate the Tiv people of Taraba and Benue states.”