ON­LINE Use your in­flu­ence wisely, Pres­i­dency replies Dan­juma

Sunday Trust - - VIEWS - Hen­drix Sun­day Kachalla Solomon Daniel Jerry Gada Yako Izghe Ug­bek­ile Fes­tus Charles Onyekwu Chioma Uchena Mo­ham­mad Ado Habib D Ananah Ti­mothy Ettu Ka­mardeen Is­mail

It ap­pears the Pres­i­dency is selec­tive in its re­sponse to Gen. Theophilus Dan­juma. I didn’t hear con­dem­na­tion when some tra­di­tional rulers in some parts of the coun­try called on the peo­ple to de­fend them­selves and I don’t think that is the best way of han­dling the sit­u­a­tion. Peo­ple are liv­ing in per­pet­ual fear across the coun­try, so let us all for­get about the mes­sen­ger and look at the mes­sage.

I don’t share the view that all serv­ing soldiers are col­lud­ing with crim­i­nals, but we can­not rule out cases of be­trayal of trust by a few of them and that should be in­ves­ti­gated.

Why are peo­ple an­gry over a call on peo­ple to de­fend them­selves? Should we con­tinue to sit back and watch in­no­cent peo­ple die? Our lead­ers are not do­ing enough. I pray God takes charge of the sit­u­a­tion.

The cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is not do­ing enough to se­cure lives and prop­erty and that is what prompted the ad­vice. In­stead of at­tack­ing the gen­eral, the gov­ern­ment should look in­wards and try to do bet­ter. Well, the Pres­i­dency may not like the state­ment, but peo­ple can­not con­tinue to die with­out any re­ac­tion.

Gen.Dan­juma spoke the truth with pains and emo­tion. The gov­ern­ment should note that even if it at­tacks the mes­sen­ger, the words have made im­pact on the peo­ple.

Gen Dan­juma is in the right po­si­tion to as­sess the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and prof­fer ad­vice and that is what he has done.

Why is this gov­ern­ment al­ways up in arms against any­one who crit­i­cises it? How will it im­prove on ser­vices to the peo­ple if it con­tin­ues like this?

The re­tired Gen­eral should have made his con­cerns about the mil­i­tary known to the gov­ern­ment. Call­ing on peo­ple to de­fend them­selves can be mis­con­strued and the na­tion could be thrown into chaos. I see el­e­ments of truth in his state­ment, though. The gen­eral has spo­ken the truth. The best thing for the gov­ern­ment is for it to an­a­lyse the sit­u­a­tion and ad­dress the con­cerns. Gen­eral Dan­juma is a cit­i­zen of Nige­ria and has a right to air his views on na­tional is­sues.

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