Few weeks after operatives of the Nigerian Army fought members of the Eastern Security Network in Orlu, the Nigerian Army have come up with a smart strategy to weaken the influence of ESN in the area.
A few weeks ago, a bloody clash between ESN and the Nigerian Army had made headlines on the media. Reports said that four soldiers were killed during the attack, and five other persons also lost their lives. Several properties were set ablaze, including a popular church building in the area. The soldiers who fell victims in the attack were drawn from the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze.
The leader of the ESN outfit, Nnamdi Kanu, had later issued an order to his men to cease fire and return to the forests.
Few weeks after the clash, it seems the scars of the clash are still lingering in Orlu.
Sahara Reporters reported that in the past weeks, ESN outfit has become really popular in the area and has won the love of the people, but now the Nigerian Army has come up with a move to neutralize the influence of the group in the area. The report said that the Nigerian Army has taken up the responsibility of constructing a 1.5 kilometres road in Orlu in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, and the project is close to being completed now.
The Nigerian Army hopes that with the project they would be able to win the heart of Orlu people.
A source from the military who spoke to the media platform about the project said that project is being sponsored from the army headquarters in Abuja, and that the same project was also done in Anambra, Edo, and Delta States, and the intention for these projects is to weaken the influence of ESN in these areas. And the projects would also make the people of these regions to have faith in the Nigerian Army.
Speaking further about the project, the military source said that the roads in these communities are bad, and no visible infrastructures are in these areas, and it appears the state governments have neglected these communities. He said that it is the lack of infrastructural developments in these areas that makes the Southeast people think they are being marginalized, and because of that, they transfer their anger to the military officers.
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Recall that when ESN was set up by the leader of the proscribed IPOB group, Nnamdi Kanu, the Chairman of the Southeast Governors' Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, had described the group as laughable, and had warned the people of the region not to have anything to do with the group.
Even before the formation of ESN, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other Igbo socio-political groups had repeatedly made it clear that they do not have anything to do with Nnamdi Kanu, and that they do not have anything to do with whatever he is doing. On several occasions, the Southeast governors have urged the people of the region not to allow themselves to be deceived by Nnamdi Kanu's inciting activities.
So this move from the Nigerian Army appears like a really smart one, because hopefully they would be able to win the heart of the people of the region with these infrastructural developments. They hope that these projects would make Orlu people and other communities in the region believe in them.
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The war against ESN would be a lot easier if the Nigerian Army can win the love of the people of the region, and get them to believe in them. With the love and support of the people it would be easier for them to neutralize the group.
Let's hope this strategy from them would work out, and that they would be able to win the people's heart with these projects.
What do you think about this project from the Nigerian Army - do you think they will be able to win the love of the people of Orlu and other communities with these projects?
Credit: Sahara Reporters.
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