The Nigerian security forces are supported by law to provide security and prevent any conduct that may promote the breakdown of law and order across the country. As such, the government has banned some organisations whose activities are deemed to be provocative. It is unfortunate that there are people who gullibly support the activities of these proscribed organisations irrespective of the fact that doing so may spark controversy which may degenerate into a breakdown of law and order. It is necessary to avoid wearing the regalia of these proscribed organisations.
It is a critical moment in the country especially across the southeastern region of the country where there are secessionist groups causing unrest and anxiety in the region. A proscribed organisation known as Eastern Security Network (ESN) which is an armed subgroup of Independent People Of Biafra, has allegedly imposed a Sit-At-Home order which disrupted businesses and other economic activities in the area. Wearing regalia belonging to this organisation is indirectly supporting their violent behaviours.
The security forces have a mandate to enforce the law. It is unpatriotic for a Nigerian to show support to a group or organisation that is proscribed by law. There is a lesson to learn from the recent encounter of a Nollywood star with officers of the Nigerian Army. The movie star was tackled and temporarily detained for wearing regalia of IPOB. His situation has elicited mixed reactions, especially across social media platforms. This signifies that supporting such a proscribed group may have a negative impact on one's career.
Every citizen has his or her own quota to contribute to the security of lives and properties of people. Members of the general public must always report suspicious persons or activities happening in their surroundings to the relevant authorities.
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Direct or indirect support for criminal elements is also a violation of the law. People must be enlightened about the consequences and dangers of supporting criminal groups in the country. There are people who are oblivious of the fact that indirectly supporting a proscribed group may lead to possible prosecution.
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