A few days ago, the military in Imo paraded through the streets of Owerri, showcasing their military strength. This gesture caused the residents to scamper for safety. After this, the Army command issued a statement pleading with the people to go about their normal, lawful business, saying that they had not come for them, but for the unknown gunmen, kidnappers, and bandits.
Many writers congratulated the military on the launch of "Operation Golden Down" in the South East, to reduce the activities of the unknown gunmen. But I wrote differently about this, saying that the military may not be the solution to the East's problem, but the use of dialogue with the separatist agitation groups, youths, political enemies, etc, would be the great deal for return of peace in the South East.
After the exercise, the military swung into action. It is not up to two weeks now that the cities of Imo have been burnt down by the same military who came to maintain peace.
There were numerous casualties on all sides, including the military, civilians, etc.This could not be cerebrated for any reason. Many of the victims of the threat may not be unknown gunmen, but rather civilians who have been assured by the military that they have not come to harm. It was reported that the military went on a rampage, destroying people's houses and properties worth millions of naira. Over 70 houses were reported to have been brought down by the angry soldiers.
The question now is, are those houses destroyed the houses of the gunmen or are they the houses of those who the military thought may have caused them damage? Who would rebuild these houses for the populace? The Imo state governor should be aware that he is there in the government house to protect the lives and properties of the citizens, not to destroy the properties and lives of the people. What has the military achieved now if not more damage and destruction of the lives and properties of the Imolite instead of protecting them, which was the reason they were sent? The military doesn't make peace, doesn't create jobs, but it is totally made to fight wars against external aggression and not for community destruction.
The FG should do the needful by involving the South East youths into dialogue, and consider the release of the outlawed IPOB leader Kanu, to see if peace should return to the East, sit-at-home regime ended. Instead of using force, which is always counterproductive in solving civil cases, since Nigeria is better off being peaceful than at war with itself.
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