Ex-militant leaders from the Nigeria’s South-South region under the aegis of National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, in the wake of an enlarged nocturnal meeting of the group on Monday in Port Harcourt, have vowed to stop the acclaimed son of former Minister of Defence, Gen.Theophilus Danjuma, Tikari Danjuma, from hijacking security in the region.
In a statement signed and issued in Port Harcourt by the Spokesperson of the group, Ben Onyemaechi, he said; apart from the controversy and suspicion surrounding ‘Danjuma’s parentage, he does not have the wherewithal to be appointed by federal government as the coordinator of the newly created Riverine Communities Security Programme in the region noting that if truly he is the biological son of the the retired General, it therefore means he hails from Taraba state which automatically shuts him out of such appointment.
The Coalition according to its image maker is opposed to the appointment of a “total stranger on the helm of security affairs in the region especially if such character is from one of the major profiteers of the dilemma associated with the exploration of oil and gas in the region.”
“General Danjuma we know is seated atop of the groups fixing the humanitarian issues arising from the Boko Haram ravaged North-Eastern Nigeria, how can his so called son – Tikari Danjuma be appointed again to take over security in the Niger Delta?
“The Minister who made the appointment we understand was hoodwinked by the demagogues from the region to further bring hardship upon the government and good people of Nigeria by returning by proxy the security of the region to the same criminal elements whom the Coalition in collaboration with the security apparatus waged war against.” The group stated.
The statement further averred that shortly after his appointment recently that ‘Danjuma’s show of rascality and arrogance was enough to sack him alleging that he lacks credibility and moral decency adding that it was sure the new coordinator has no relationship with General Danjuma as claimed by him.
One of the major reasons the Coalition is raising eyebrow over Danjuma’s parentage according to Onyemaechi is the dearth of knowledge displayed so far by him.
“How can a stark illiterate in the 21st century Nigeria lay claim to be Gen. Danjuma’s son? We are curious about his personality, we wish to further know Tikari Danjuma whom the Niger Delta racketeers, profiteers and gold diggers have put forward to take over security in our region. He has a history of aligning himself with retired prominent army chiefs but this time, ‘Tikari Danjuma’ has brought his impersonation to the public glare and we refuse trusting the security of our region in the hands of a man without clear family background.” The Coalition insisted.
Recall that the Usani Uguru Usani-led Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had appointed ‘Danjuma’ as the Coordinator of the newly created community based security outfit fuelling protests among stakeholders in the region.