Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) a former Minister of Defence on Saturday urged Nigerians to defend  themselves from killers across the country instead of depending on the armed forces.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Danjuma disclosed this at the maiden convocation and 10th anniversary of the Taraba State University, Jalingo. The elder statesman explained that the armed forces of Nigeria at the moment were providing cover and defending the killers.

“You must rise to protect your selves from these people, if you depend on the armed forces for protection, you will all die one by one.

“The ethnic cleansing must stop now, otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s play. “I ask everyone of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your territory, defend your state because you have no where else to go.

“The armed forces are not neutral, they are conniving with the armed bandits that are killing people,” he said.

Danjuma described Taraba as a miniature Nigeria with beautiful cultures which the bandits were doing everything to destroy.

In his comments, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba expressed delight over the growth of the university within 10 years.

Ishaku commended the founders of the institution for their foresight in bringing university education to the door steps of Taraba people. He pledged to continue to support the university to meet a world class status.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vicent Tenebe commended the state government for its continued support for the rapid growth of the university.

Tenebe congratulated the 5, 900 graduands across the first five sets of the university, urging them to be good ambassadors of the institution.

Honorary Doctorate were presented to Gen. T. Y Danjuma, Sen. Jeremiah Useni and Gov. Ishaku.

Others were Dr. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation and the former Executive Secretary  of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.