Insecurity: Look beyond mere survival, Mbaise USA, MLF tell Ndigbo

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L-R: Chris Ohanele, Moderator, S.O. Echendu, Mbaise USA President, and Dr. Sylvester Ugoh, former Minister of Education/Science and Technology is Patron Mbaise Global Foundation

Mbaise USA, a group of Mbaise people living in United and , another group of Mbaise sons and daughters living across globe, have expressed sadness at escalation of violence, loss of lives, and destruction of property in the South East.

“Recent events in and Mbaise have been difficult to watch” but “we sincerely hope that peace will soon be restored,” groups said, and urged Ndigbo to “set our sights higher than mere survival.”

Killings are rampant in the South East, with reports of security forces shooting youths at sight for just no cause or arresting them at gatherings and taking them away for execution.

This is reportedly based on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.

Last week, Buhari’s tweet in reference to the civil war was deleted by Twitter. Two days later, he banned the social media platform in Nigeria.

“All of are united by our shared purpose to live in peace and security and to go about our legitimate activities without let or hindrance. And we desire to be treated with fairness and justice,” Mbaise USA and said in a joint statement.

The statement, signed by Mbaise USA President, S.O. Echendu, and Mbaise Leadership Forum Moderator, Chris Ohanele, insisted that “the constitutional rights of Nigerian citizens cannot be taken for granted. And so, we have the right to demand them.

“But on the various possible ways to achieve the purpose, and to make our just demands, reasonable people can disagree without resorting to violence.”
The groups said they welcome all peaceful initiatives aimed at securing the lives and property of law-abiding citizens whose lives have been significantly impacted by the unrests and general .

It expressed support for the call by Ezuruezu Mbaise “for our people to stay away actions that will lead to in our land.

“We ask Mbaise people to desist making utterances that may inflame the current situation and endanger lives and property.

“Social media should be used responsibly and not as a tool to cause panic. It should not be used to post hateful propaganda and incendiary comments.”

In the face of a common threat to our security, the group stressed, “it is necessary that we stay united even as we may have different points of views. We avoid the temptation to turn on another.

“Given the Nigerian geopolitical reality in which we are so tenuously situated, our strength at this moment lies in our ability to exercise caution and restraint. This may well be a winning strategy for survival.

“But we set our sights higher than mere survival. We aim to thrive, and by the grace of God we will live and thrive together.”