Why Defence Minister should quit


LAST week’s statement by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, that tended not only to condone, but also justify the activities of marauding Fulani herdsmen, came to many decent Nigerians as shocking and least expected of a government official of such a high rank. His ignominious outbursts were laced with a high level of insensitivity and undisguised parochialism that could, perhaps, only have come from a spokesperson for the cattle breeders.

Coming out of a meeting of the National Security Council, Dan-Ali said, “If you go to Bayelsa or Ogun, you will see them (grazing routes). If those routes are blocked, what do you expect will happen?” Displaying his bias further, he said, “Some people were caught with arms and they call themselves Forest Guards or whatever, with AK-47. There is nowhere in the country where arms are allowed to be carried apart from legitimate security…

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