BY OMOYAJOWO JANET
Shedding of innocent blood is one evil that national commentator and former aviation minister, Mr Femi Fani Kayode, cannot stomach.
He has as a result called on the Nigerian army to show restraint in this regard, according to a post on his twitter handle.
He was expressing displeasure over the Nigerian Army’s deployment of soldiers and helicopters to Orlu in Imo State in search of camps occupied by the personnel of Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The ESN had been linked with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Several unverified comments on twitter suggested that the Nigerian Army was bombarding Orlu, with several people killed.
This was the trigger for the comments by Fani Kayode and others who had also expressed displeasure over the matter.
“The bombing & killing of innocent men, women & children in Orlu, Anambra state by soldiers of the Nig. Army is totally & completely unacceptable & I wholeheartedly condemn it. Shedding innocent blood is not the way forward so it should stop with immediate effect”, he said.
Aside Fani Kayode, other users made their opinions known concerning the deployment.
Oluyemi Fasipe queried: “Why are they bombing Orlu while doing get-together parties with terrorists (bandits) in the north?”
Oluchi Christy said “Nigerian government deployed soldiers to Orlu to attack ESN and innocent Orlu Community, Imo State, but sent Northern Governors and Sheik Gumi to dialogue with Fulani terrorists and killer herdsmen.”
Ifa Funso stated that “Too obvious that Nigeria governments are behind Boko Haram, bandits and Fulani herdsmen. I don’t know how a sane government will channel their power more on innocent people in Orlu than the terrorists in Sambisa forest.”
However, the Nigerian Army responded in a statement posted on the verified twitter handle of Nigerian Government saying:
“The Nigerian Army, in line with its constitutional mandate, wishes to reassure the general public that troops in operational synergy with sister security agencies are in pursuit of the criminal elements in order to ensure safe return of the kidnapped victims.”