Former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has asked if it is sensible for security operatives to go about hunting for members of the Eastern security network (ESN), in the South – Eastern parts of Nigeria while armed bandits and Boko Haram terrorists invade and sack communities in the Northern part of the country.
Senator Mao said this after several reports by Northern Governors confirmed that many villages and communities have been overrun by the activities of Boko Haram.
Speaking further, he wondered why the government continues to go all out in persecuting ESN fighters, who he described as the reasons why some States in the East are not overrun by killer herdsmen, due to the fact that the ESN fighters do not allow it to happen.
He however, warned that the current security situation in the country if not properly handled could plunge Nigeria into civil unrest.
He said, “I don’t think it makes any sense going after those defending their land against terrorists while being lenient on the same killers decimating indigenous communities and taking over their land.”
“Nigeria should not be seen to be using deodorant against terrorists while using sledgehammer on fellow citizens; it’s not good for our global perception”.
Also, Senator Mao challenged Governors and Politicians in the south east to come to the realization that their zone it is safe following some attacks on Police formations by unknown gunmen. He said that this attacks if not looks into may impede on the survival and growth of Ndigbo.
On the way forward, he suggested an immediate convocation of national dialogue of all ethnic nationalities in the country to brainstorm and find a lasting solution to their problems.
“We shall all be consumed by the dark cloud unless we all rise to nip it at the bud now, ” Senator Mao warned