- Foreign Fulani herdsmen and bandits have been causing atrocities in the Southwest, Southeast, and Middle Belt regions of Nigeria, with the military allegedly doing little to nothing to stop them
According to SaharaReporters, an anonymous Nigerian soldier has warned residents of Orlu town in Imo State- south eastern region of Nigeria- that they have been given a shoot-at-sight order in the ongoing battle with the Eastern Security Network (ESN). He advised the residents to either relocate or be vigilant.
The soldier made the warning using pidgin English in an audio recording obtained by SaharaReporters. He added that he would not carry out the plan, and therefore, he had been allegedly marked by the army commander to be arrested and possibly killed.
The city of Orlu, in recent months, has been the flashpoint of gun duels between the Nigerian army and ESN, the military arm of the secessionist group, IPOB. The army on Friday claimed to have killed 11 ESN fighters while the ESN accused the army of falsifying figures and hiding their death toll.
The soldier, who is attached to the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Anambra State, warned residents of the town to relocate based on their commander’s alleged order
This is coming on the heels of a shocking report made by SaharaReporters that the army was deploying predominantly northern Nigeria officers of muslim extraction for its operations in the mainly Christian south of Nigeria
Verifiable checks made by SaharaReporters confirmed that the army posted Muslim personnels as commanders over its operations and brigades in the Christian southern regions of Anambra, Imo, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Benue, Edo, Delta and Rivers.
“It is sad that the Nigerian Army, though it refuses to confess it, has a body language of ethnic and religious domination for the southern states. The operations and brigades are led by officers who are estranged to the region; cannot relate to the needs and aspirations of the states and seemed to be brought to enforce subjugation,” military personnel lamented.
“Yes, the army is the face of Nigeria’s unity, but it is obvious that the army does not believe in Christian, southern officers to hold the key positions, most especially in the troubled states. And this is why the frictions continue. Sometimes, you need non-kinetic measures to solve separatist agenda and agitations and not the guns and bullets. You need well refined and diplomatic officers from their region to speak to agitators in such regions. This strategy, the military, is conspicuously lacking,” another military source stated.
Some civil groups have slated the lopsided deployment, saying that the local population will be subjected to jihadist Fulani violence as the officers – who are sympathetic towards them and allegedly aiding their migration – have a bond with the invading Fula people via tribe and religion.
Indeed, foreign Fulani herdsmen and bandits have been causing atrocities in the Southwest, Southeast, and Middle Belt of Nigeria, with the military doing little to nothing to stop them.
President Buhari’s government has been described by critics and observers as the worst in Nigeria’s history due to the serious insecurity issues, fast dwindling economy, and the increase in corruption, tribalism, and nepotism.
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: SaharaReporters | News Agencies