The former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, led Coalition for Nigeria Movement believes that security agencies in the country may have been corrupted by the government ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Punch reports that spokesman for the group, Akin Osuntokun, said the statement by a former minister of defence, Lt Gen Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that the military was failing to protect Nigerians from attacks should not be dismissed.
He faulted the claims by security heads that there were plans by some groups to disrupt the processes leading to the 2019 elections.
Osuntokun said: “It all sounds funny to me. I don’t know any group that meets that description but why would anyone want to disrupt the 2019 elections? The only people that would want to disrupt the elections are the APC which has sensed its imminent defeat.
“If what Gen. Danjuma said is true whereby our protectors have become murderers, then it means they are the ones that should be feared. They are the ones that should be suspected.
“If you can extrapolate from what Gen. Danjuma said, that means Nigerians are at the mercy of the government or the army that is colluding. The people we should fear are (those in ) the government.”
Meanwhile, the presidency has replied a former chief of army staff, Theophilus Danjuma, on his allegation that the Nigerian military is conniving with killers across the country.
The federal government said Danjuma’s comments against the military is an invitation to anarchy.
In a statement released on Sunday, March 25, Tukur Gusau, the spokesperson to the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali said Danjuma’s call for Nigerians, especially Taraba residents to defend themselves is uncalled for and should be disregarded by well meaning Nigerians.
Gasau said the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces towards restoring peace, security and order in Nigeria are evidently clear.