Yola – Mixed reactions have trailed the total ban placed by the military on the operation of motorcycles in all the 21 local government areas of Adamawa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that authorities of 23rd Amoured Brigade, Yola, over the weekend extended the more than one year ban which hitherto affected Yola and Mubi towns, to now cover the whole state.
Some of the residents hailed the decision as essential in curbing insurgency while others berated the decision, saying that it was unnecessary to extend the ban to areas that had never recorded any insurgency attack.
” This total ban will cause untold hardship to rural dwellers who rely heavily on motorcycles for transportation to farms, markets and other places.
” For instance we have never experienced any insurgency attack in Numan, Guyuk and Lamurde local government areas and I wonder why such areas should be included in the ban.
” The rate of bombings in more in Gombe and Yobe states if compared to Adamawa but there was no total ban in those states, why in Adamawa?”, Ibrahim Danladi said.
Joseph Nuhu, Agnes Manzo and Yusuf Musa also supported Danladi’s position, urging the military to review the ban.
However, Jummai Musa, Danbako Adamu, Luka Yakubu and Shuaibu Maraba supported the military, saying it would facilitate defeat of the insurgents.
” I have no problem with the total ban as long as it was meant to facilitate the defeat of the insurgency.
” We need to show support and understanding to the military who I believe must have good reasons for taking that action.
” My prayer is that the ban should not last longer than necessary”, Musa said. (NAN)