South East insecurity mostly about 2023 presidential election, By Ikeddy Isiguzo




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Attacks the South East could be about the 2023 . Promoters of the campaign against the region stand exposed by their own impatience, impertinence, imprudence, and outright haste to arrive at an agreed destination.

Their frustration is obvious. Time is ticking away. The unswerving resilience of the South East punishes their desperation to deny the South East a presence in the higher decision-making setting of Nigeria.

From their flagging queries over the South East’s credentials for the presidential slot to insulting remarks about the absence of in the South East, proponents of the destruction of the South East are a systemic agenda to render the region unsuitable for anything, just anything.

The deluge of security breaches in the East South East in the past few months, the promptitude with which weightier security presence is deployed, threats of more deployment, the extra-judicial settlement of fates of suspects, are official treatments exclusive to the South East.

Who are the suspects? Why are security agencies not quick in bringing those arrested to court? Is it unimportant to know the attackers and their sponsors? Of course, those killed are tagged IPOB and ESN operatives. Suppose they are not?

Attacks the South East sustain narratives the South East not producing the next President of Nigeria since the region wants to secede. The concocted tale is sold with the imprimatur of the authorities wherever an occasion avails itself. Otherwise, one is invented to tell these tragic tales.

Security matters in the South East are treated without considering their devastation on the weakening pillars that wield Nigeria together. The North East and North West produce some of the most horrendous tensions and insecurity in Nigeria, but when President Muhammadu Buhari called Tuesday’s meeting; it was to decide undisclosed sterner measures on the South East.

The emerging pattern of demonising the South East is to de- it, de-industralise it, destroy it, and set up its peoples against security agencies and . Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu elevated the conversation. statement that IPOB planned an attack on Lagos was the latest on the “wrongs of the South East” against Nigeria.

Was he unaware of the consequences of comment? He did not produce one suspect involved in the planned attack. Did he also not realise the implications of announcing in public that Ndigbo were planning to attack Lagos?

Similar efforts at pushing the End SARS protests as an Ndigbo attack on Lagos failed. Why this attempt?

Lagos habours the highest concentration of population outside South East. There are more investments in Lagos in parts of Nigeria combined. Lagos has large numbers of young Ndigbo struggling to survive away from their homeland which deliberate policies and poor governance are turning to a desert.

As security ups deny them freedom in South East, many of them move to Lagos to continue their businesses. Is this a policy to South East youth in the Lagos, knowing their homes are already occupied?

Odumosu should be aware of the enormous security complications of an - confrontation. He still made the statement.

The commendable timely intervention of some South West groups and IPOB’s denial of an attack quelled the impact of Odumosu’s statement which should not have been made at all.

Professor George Obiozor, Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General, during a visit to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, called Odumosu’s statement a “dangerous rumour aimed to cause division, crises and conflict among ”. It was deeper. If the police succeeded in planting the allegation on Ndigbo in Lagos, the practice could be replicated all over Nigeria with the same aim.

Security is a federal responsibility with tangential involvement of States. South East cannot be blamed for insecurity in the region since the Federal has not ceded security to the zone. It is offensive when profiling of youth is extended to official utterances like Odumosu’s.

FINALLY…

WE are concerned if the national electricity grid collapses as it often does these days. We cannot muster any care for our collapsing country.

THAT accessed the residences of the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari and another staff, within grounds of the presidential villa, would set the creative juices of any movie maker flowing. The obvious theme would be giant strides of the Buhari presidency.

IT is grossly unfair to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of doing nothing about kidnappers, bandits, and criminals of various guises who have apportioned sections of the country to themselves – the President has been pleading with them to cease operating, while asking the rest of to pray for national . Is that not division of labour?