A Nigerian pro-masses activist movement, #OurMumuDonDo, has condemned what it termed the militarization of South-East Nigeria epitomized by the Nigerian Army’s recent invasions of the residence of Nnamdi Kanu and the Abia State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
In a statement released on Wednesday, the group said, “We consider this move an aberration that must be strongly condemned in a democratic environment like ours.”
The group stated that the invasions of the Biafran agitator’s Abia State home and the NUJ office led to the destruction of property and created “unnecessary panic” in the state.
The Nigerian Army’s storming of Mr. Kanu’s residence on Sunday led to a clash between Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members and soldiers. Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu subsequently imposed a two-day curfew on residents of the state.
“The good people of Abia State deserve better than the undue panic under which they have been placed since the invasion, which has completely restricted them from going about their daily activities freely like they used to,” the statement read.
The group said that although it understands the federal government’s concern over ethnic and separatist violence, the government should first and foremost be preoccupied with protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens.
It also urged the federal government to ramp up its efforts to promote peace and unity, especially in the wake of the quit notice issued to Igbos living in the North. The group emphasized that although it has since been revoked by Arewa youths, the quit notice heightened ethnic tensions, creating an insecure, “hypersensitive” atmosphere in the country.
#OurMumuDonDo concluded its statement by calling on the Nigerian government to be more “circumspect and solution-focused” in resolving secessionist and and ethnic agitations in Nigeria.