Popular Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has condemned the deployment of soldiers to the hometown of the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia, Abia state.
In a statement signed by Charly Boy, leader of the ‘OurMumuDonDo’ movement, Adeyanju Deji, leader of Concerned Nigerians and Adebayo Raphael, Publicity Secretary, OurMumuDonDo Movement, the group condemned what they termed the militarisation of the South-East region in the guise of curbing inordinate agitations and divisive tendencies by pro-Biafra groups.
The statement also condemned the invasion of Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Aba Road, Umuahia, which led to the destruction of laptops and other valuables.
While stressing that the Federal Government should be more worried about safeguarding lives and properties than destroying it, Charly Boy further explained that the people of Abia State deserved better than unnecessary disturbances in the city. The statement reads:
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent detachment of soldiers from the Nigerian Army to the Afaraukwu country home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and the invasion of Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Aba Road, Umuahia, which led to the destruction of laptops and other valuables thereby causing unnecessary panic within the state and the entire region.
“We consider this move an aberration that must be strongly condemned in a democratic environment like ours.
“The good people of Abia State deserve better than the undue panic under which they have been placed since the invasion which has completely restricted them from going about their daily activities freely like they used to.
“In as much as we are aware that the Federal Government is concerned about curbing divisive messages and inordinate agitations within the country, we believe it should be more concerned about safeguarding the lives and properties of all Nigerians in any part of the country.
“It is also important to note that though recanted, the October 1 ultimatum issued by some misguided northern youths to the Igbos in the north remains weighty in the minds of many and the atmosphere is hypersensitive to any mishap that could foment such inter-ethnic melee.
“We urge the Federal Government; therefore, that, rather than steaming up the flames of enmity and discord within the country by using force on harmless citizens, it should be more committed to dousing tensions and promoting peace and unity.
“Finally, we appeal to the Federal Government to be more circumspect and solution-focused in handling sensitive matters as secessionist agitations within the country.”
Similarly, a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the recent deployment of soldiers in the South-East code named Operation Python Dance II.
While alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is a sectional leader, Ezekwesili, who supported Buhari during the 2015 presidential election, urged the President to take the moral high ground and act as a true leader by showing love to all. In a series of tweets on Twitter, the former minister stated:
“It is tragic that you, our President, Muhammadu Buhari, have deliberately or inadvertently alienated a segment of the people you lead. It is tragic.”
Ezekwesili said it was wrong of Buhari to punish an entire geopolitical zone because of the actions of a few. Her words:
“The leader of a country cannot be friends only of those he/she likes. No. That is not leadership. The leader builds up groups. Not divide. You cannot lead only those that worship and swear by you. You are the leader. You must carry the burden even of those that detest you.
“It is the lowest form of churlishness that is unbecoming of a leader to send signals that you dislike anyone of the groups you lead. A leader is a winner. When a winner acts like a loser, things go wrong in their kingdom. Real leaders build a bond with all their people.
“Worst is when a leader makes enemies of most because he abhors the action of one or a few. That is not leadership! That is ethnic prejudice. A real leader does not suffer from the destructive disease of ethnic prejudice. It endangers his/her people and real leaders cannot bear such.”