The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta MOSIEND, has advised the Nigerian Army to deploy its full arsenal towards defeating the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents rather than chasing Asari Dokubo over his verbal secessionist statement.
MOSIEND in a press statement by its president, Kennedy West said the news of the alleged plans by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, to go after Asari Dokubo and Sunday Igboho for declaring Biafra and Oduduwa Republics respectively came to them as rude shock.
MOSIEND said “Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru’s promotion and appointment as the Chief of Army Staff is seen as a commendable one as he has the requisite training and capacity to contain and exterminate Boko Haram , Fulani Herdsmen and Bandits across the length and breadth of the North East and beyond, as President Buhari had earlier charged the new crop of Service Chiefs to deliver their mandate in a short time.”
The MOSIEND leader noted that the principle of secession and self determination was a legal matter that requires the Minister of Justice and Attorney General who is the chief legal officer to the federation to handle and wondered why the COAS was quick to interfere.
The statement further reads: “The leader of the Biafra Customary Government, Alabo Asari Dokubo had said his approach is strictly a non violence approach, so why is COAS making a mountain out of a molehill, thereby heating up the polity?
“Youths in the Niger Delta region are already apprehensive by the statement credited to COAS, describing it as unfortunate.
“One would ordinarily expect the Army helm’s man to tell how he intends to improve the incentives and standard of the Nigerian soldiers to boost their morale and confidence for qualitative service delivery.
“It is public knowledge in the Niger Delta that soldiers deployed to the communities had stained their hands by aiding and abating illegal bunkering activities in the Creeks.
“It is public knowledge that the Army has edged out local pipeline maintenance contract from experienced local contractors with the Nigeria Agip Company through the Nigerian Army Engineering Company.
“This is a deliberate attempt to impoverish the hardworking and law abiding citizens of the region, meanwhile the same is not said of the Nigerian Navy and Air force who are also part of the Operation Delta Safe.
“The secession and separatist disposition by our brothers are born out of general dissatisfaction of insecurity, failure of government to restructure the country and constitutional infractions. For MOSIEND, intimidation and brigandage approach will not solve the multifaceted problems of Nigeria.
“The COAS should go after the Fulanis who had taken responsibility for the assassination attempt on the life of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
“We are calling on the Chief of Defense Staff to urge his chiefs not to dabble into political issues that willl paint their sincere intention in a bad light.
“Besides, Asari Dokubo is not someone you can intimidate with threat. The perception of the COAS, if undertaken, could compound the security issues already bedeviling the country.
“As such, he should tread with caution. Arresting Asari and Igboho is not a proactive step; rather a reactionary disposition, suggesting that the COAS is jumping the guns.”