By Diyong Mangut

Former Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly and Gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the PDP,  Rt. Hon. George Edwards Daika has joined Lt. Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma to call on Nigerians to defend themselves in the face of attacks.

According to him,  those criticising the General for speaking the "truth" should have a rethink.

In a statement in Jos, the ex Speaker said self-defence is constitutional and backed by several international conventions.

"Killings continue unabated across the country especially in the Middle Belt region where ethnic cleansing is ongoing at an alarming rate with the security agencies unable to stop the drift.

"Dong village which is just about three (3) kilometers from the Maxwell Kolbe cantonment, (Rukuba Barracks) in Plateau State has witnessed recurring attacks leaving many dead.

"What more complicity on the part of the Armed Forces than their inability to stop killings in their backyard?

"What of the Inspector General of Police who disobeyed the President on the insecurity in Benue State and nothing happened," Daika questioned.

He said rather than criticising  Gen.TY Danjuma who has contributed tremendously towards a better and United Nigeria , he should be commended for his patriotic bluntness on the sad situation of things in the country.

He said, "Gen. Danjuma statement should be seen as a wake up call on the authorities to rise up to their constitutional responsibilities".

Daika called for an independent commission of inquiry to look into the allegations of Gen. TY Danjuma as according to him, the Government through the actions and utterances of ranking security heads like the Minister of Defence and the Inspector General of Police itself, cannot be trusted to objectively bring to book the bad eggs colluding with the Armed bandits.

He however called on Nigerians to be law abiding while remaining vigilant to defend themselves whenever the need arises since the State has failed in it's primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.