Sir, before I begin, you should know that this letter is coming from someone who is increasingly angry over the recent events happening in Orlu, Imo State. Videos have been flying about on social media showing the Nigerian military conducting airstrikes in Orlu. The media has reported that the operations are being carried out to search for operatives of the Eastern Security Network linked with IPOB.
Even though the army spokesman of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, Babatunde Zubairu, has confirmed that locals are not being harassed by the operations, the residents are still worried that these operations might lead to loss of lives and properties, just like what happened in Orlu a few weeks ago when the military and ESN clashed in the area.
The media has reported that there is serious panic already in Orlu Local Government Areas, with some saying that this is not healthy for the progress and advancement of the area.
So, Sir, I want to ask you some vital questions. Are you not worried that your people are going through such panic because of your actions? You claim to be fighting for your people, yet you are far away from Nigeria, and you made way for these tensions to happen to the same people you claim to be fighting for.
A few weeks ago when the Nigerian military clashed with ESN in Orlu, several lives were lost, and properties were set ablaze. Those people who died had families and loved ones. Some of them were probably breadwinners for their families. Some of them probably had children at home who were waiting for them to return. But they had to die in such unfortunate manners. Buildings worth millions of naira were burnt down- and these were the sweat and investments of people. Those people probably saved for years to build those properties.
The killings that happened in Orlu wouldn’t have happened if you did not set up ESN. Those lives wouldn’t have been wasted if you did not set up ESN. Those buildings wouldn’t have been burnt if you did not set up ESN. Four soldiers lost their lives during that clash, and those gallant soldiers had families. They wouldn’t have died in such unfortunate circumstances if you did not set up ESN. The tensions currently going on Orlu now would not have happened if you did not set up ESN.
What if there had been a loss of lives in Orlu as a result of these airstrikes, just as some people feared? What if people had lost their shops or houses?
With the way this thing already appears, the Nigerian military might not stop until they make sure they neutralize the operations of ESN in the region. So imagine the panic the residents of this region would always be subjected to each time the military and ESN clash. Imagine the lives that may be lost in the process.
Sir, I am calling on you to dismantle ESN to save the residents of these areas from all this unnecessary panic. I urge you to understand the risk these people are going through- the old people, the children, and women, who get terrified at the sound of these gunshots. What about the hypertensive ones among them? The southeast people do not deserve this kind of tension which was brought upon their land by someone that the political stakeholders from the region do not support.
So, sir, I urge you to immediately disband ESN to save the southeast people from these tensions. There are governors in the region, and I believe they have the interest of their people at heart. If they feel there is a need to create a security outfit to support the efforts of the police and other federal security operatives, they know what to do, and they know the due processes to follow.
I hope this letter gets to you, and I strongly believe you will do the right thing by immediately disbanding the ESN outfit.
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