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FG has failed to protect Nigerians, says Agbakoba

FG has failed to protect Nigerians, says Agbakoba

Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN

The Co-Chairman of the Nigerian Intervention Movement, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), said Danjuma should not be blamed for what he said since the government had failed to protect the lives of innocent Nigerians.

In an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, the senior advocate stated, “Generally speaking, I feel that the statement by Danjuma can be interpreted based on perspective. If you are in government, you may fault him but the truth is that in spite of everything the government has tried to do, killings are still going on.

“Just the other day, herdsmen came to Lekki. So, it is still going on in spite of what might be the best efforts of the government. Taraba is a heavily-affected state and so, what do you want them to say if you can no longer depend on security agents to protect you.

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“Look at the case of Dapchi where soldiers withdrew and then Boko Haram went in to abduct the girls. So, nobody can trust the army anymore. I don’t and if I was living in an insecure area, I would tell my people to arm themselves and be ready.

“Rather than say that Danjuma should not have said what he said, the government should do its best and show us that it can protect our lives and property.”

FG’s statement, insensitive –Afenifere

In its reaction, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, knocked the Federal Government over its statement.

It described the Presidency’s reaction as insensitive and offensive, noting that it showed that the government supported the activities of the killer herdsmen.

Afenifere’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, called on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Genocide to investigate the killings before they would lead to a breakdown of law and order in the country.

He asked, “Is it asking Nigerians being killed to defend themselves that could lead to a breakdown of law and order? Seventy-three people were killed in one day in Benue. Many people have been killed in the last three years. Not one person has been brought to book by this government.

“This statement is so embarrassing, offensive, unfeeling. It shows clearly that the Nigerian Government is fully behind the activities of the herdsmen who are killing people and that is why we restate our demand.

Since there is no justice from the Federal Government, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Genocide should look into what is going on in Nigeria before there is a breakdown of law and order.”

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