It is common knowledge that the primary responsibility of every government is to protect the lives and properties of its citizens. The ability of the Imo state government, to effectively discharge this duty was recently put to test. It should be recalled that for a while now, unidentified gunmen alleged to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have continued to carry out various degrees of attacks in different parts of the state.
A couple of weeks ago, the outlawed group directed everyone in the South- East region to sit-at-home on Mondays as a show of solidarity with its detained leader. Since the directive was issued, streets in the region have often been deserted on Mondays, with markets closed apparently due to fear of a possible attack. As the chief security officer of Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodinma, has often kicked against the sit-at-home directive and urged the people to ignore the order.
It should be recalled that on several occasions, the Governor had maintained that people should go out for their daily business activities, as adequate security measures have been put in place to protect them.
As obtained from the report, the students were writing the Junior School Certificate Examination when the gunmen stormed the school premises, shot sporadically into the air, and set motorcycles in the premises on fire. Arguably, this ugly incident would not have occurred if there had been adequate security measures to protect the school, students, and teachers from any possible attack. As such, we may begin to ask about the security that Governor Hope Uzodinma has often promised Ndị Imo while urging them to ignore the sit-at-home order.
Arguably, the dispersing of students and teachers of the school has suggested that the security which the Governor has often assured of, may not have been available as expected. With this, it is my view that there is the need for the Imo state government to prove to the people that the security which he promised them is available and always ready to protect them.