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AnambraDecides: Why Buhari May Not Withdraw The Military From SE As Requested By 9 Guber Candidates

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Determined to restore security in the Southeast geo-political zone, the Nigerian Army launched the 'Exercise Golden Dawn". Since this joint military operation that involves the Police, Civil Defence, DSS, and other security agencies, was launched in the southeast, several security agents have been deployed to the region and so far, this exercise has been a total success.

However, a credible news source has reported that 9 Anambra gubernatorial candidates in a joint statement have asked the Federal Government to demilitarize the south-east region, ahead of the forthcoming Anambra State November 6 governorship elections. Their reason for making this demand is that they feel that the heavy presence of the military in the south-east will lead to heightened tension in the region

Furthermore, the 9 candidates called on the FG to release IPOB's leader, Nnamdi Kanu to douse the tension and protest that has surrounded his detention. They also beseeched IPOB to retract their sit-at-home order and not do anything that may be seen as trying to sabotage the election. Recall that IPOB threatened to enforce a one-week sit-at-home order in the entire southeast region, beginning from the 5th to 10th of November, a form of protest to coerce the FG to release Nnamdi Kanu

In this article, we have taken a look at why the Federal Government may not demilitarize the south-east region anytime soon

1 The Military Are Needed In Anambra State Now More Than Ever

The Anambra gubernatorial election is scheduled to take place on November 6, and it can be argued that the military's presence in Anambra State is a major reason why this election will take place as planned. This is because, in recent times, several criminal groups have threatened to sabotage the election. One such group is the Biafra National Guard (BNG)

The BNG is a pro-Biafra group led by General Innocent Orji. This group recently threatened to declare Biafra a Republic, sabotage the Anambra governorship election, free all the prisoners in all the southeast correctional facilities. On the 28th of October, gallant troops of the Nigeria army engaged and overpowered BNG gunmen in a shootout. The troops were also able to neutralize one BNG gunman and capture another, while the rest fled with gunshot wounds leaving some of their vehicles and assault rifles behind

2 The Military Are Needed To Checkmate Bomb-Carrying IPOB Men And The Heightened Insecurity In The South-East

The nefarious activities of IPOB gunmen, kidnappers, and unknown gunmen in the southeast call for the military's expertise. IPOB's militant wing, the ESN destroyed government buildings, killed security operatives, and carried out high-profile assassinations before the military launched the "Exercise Golden Dawn".

However, the launching of " Exercise Golden Dawn" has brought many IPOB gunmen to their knees. Last weekend in Anambra State, IPOB gunmen who were armed with explosives attacked the convoy of a joint team of security operatives but were overpowered. The "Exercise Golden Dawn" security operatives were able to neutralize 5 of their assailants while the rest fled with wounds. Also, On the 31st of October, troops conducting "Exercise Golden Dawn" foiled a mid-night attempt by suspected IPOB gunmen to kidnap a catholic Bishop in Imo State

3. The Military Are Needed To Put An End To Emerging Threats To The Continued Unity Of Nigeria

The heightened secessionist agitations by IPOB, BNG, MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups in the southeast is a threat to the unity of this country, especially since most of these groups have now resorted to violent approaches in their quest for secession. The IPOB group which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the Federal Government has ceaselessly terrorized the people of the southeast and they may be a tough nut to crack for the police alone. What do you think about this?

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