The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has established a security unit in the Eastern part of the country codenamed ‘Eastern Security Network’. According to IPOB, the network is created to find a solution to kidnapping and other security challenges facing the Igbo land.
According to some videos circulating on social media, the group is well equipped with sophisticated weapons and has a large number of personnel.
According to Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian Army has deployed armored vehicles and personnel to fish out and crush the resistance group.
I stand with the Nigerian Military in their operation to crush Eastern Security Network, these are my reasons.
First, the illegal group was created by IPOB which is also an illegitimate association in Nigeria. IPOB was proscribed as a terrorist group by the Nigerian Army in 2017 and all its activities have been declared illegal by the Federal Government.
Some may argue that the ESN is also a regional security unit like the Amotekun, there is a difference between the two. Amotekun was established elected governors of the South West States, ESN on the other hand was created by IPOB, an illegitimate group. If the people of the southeast feel there is a need for a regional security unit, they should mount pressure on their governors to establish one. IPOB doesn’t have the legitimacy to establish a security unit.
Second, the establishment of such a group is dangerous for the peace and unity of the country. The security network is targeted at a particular ethnic group, members of the unit attacked some herdsmen a few days ago. The activities of the group can trigger another civil war if the government didn’t act now.
Lastly, the security unit is heavily armed with sophisticated weapons, where are they getting the weapons from? Who is sponsoring the group? We must answer these two questions urgently.
The group might be getting support from an external body that doesn’t want stability in Nigeria. The Boko Haram experience should serve as a lesson for us. ESN might turn to another Boko Haram if care is not taken.
However, while I support the disbandment of the group, I urged the Nigerian military to be strategic in its operations. The military can achieve its aims without using excessive force. I also urged the leadership of the Igbo community to persuade IPOB to disband the group immediately to avert another bloodshed in the South East.
Government is the only group that has the legitimate use of violence.
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Do you agree with me that ESN should be crushed immediately?
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