A former Minister for Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, has called on Nigerians, especially the people of Taraba State, to rise and defend themselves against ethnic cleansing.
The retired army general is apparently making reference to recurring farmer-herdsman clashes in the North Central.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that Mr Danjuma gave this warning on Saturday at the maiden Convocation ceremony of Taraba state university in Jalingo Taraba state capital.
Mr Danjuma said described the killings as ethnic cleansing on the people of Taraba, calling on people to rise and defend themselves against the killers.
“You must rise to protect yourselves from these people, if you depend on the armed forces to protect you, you will all die.
“This ethnic creasing 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 any other place to go.
“The ethnic cleansing must stop now otherwise Somalia will be a child play.
“I ask all of you to be on your alert and defend your country, defend your state,” he said.