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Front Page Comment: No Boko Haram spillover here please

The Okorocha government has to prevent, by whatever means, our state facing security crisis any time as a spillover from boko haram activities. And he has to tell us precisely what he is doing about that as soon as possible, for us to be sure.

No one has died here. No bomb has been exploded. But that’s no reason for the government to be careless about the ominous threat on security coming from the north. The pervading suspicion right now is that there is still a plan to bring the Igbos to their knees. This needs to be dispelled. Any such move must be decisively halted. It must be nipped in the bud. It must be repelled.

Two incidents supposed to be attempts have been foiled. People were taken into custody for interrogation. But nothing has been heard again after that. Are the suspects being shielded? What have the authorities found? Were those incidents a hoax? Were they real attempts to bomb and kill? Is it not dangerous to keep the public in the dark about these things?

We wouldn’t, of course, know why boko haram would extend its bombing to Imo State. We doubt that they would. Even if they don’t eventually, the public alarm generated by the rumoured threats is already considerable. The government is obliged to say what it is doing in this regard. A general public fear and alarm must not be allowed to take root permanently. What are the specific and practical measures it has put in place to prevent boko haram coming here? The people ought to know.

Both the physical and psychological safety of our state is very important to us. We must not live in fear in this part of the country, so soon after the devastation of the last civil war that decimated our population and ruined our economy. This is not a matter for the government of Imo state and those of the Southeast alone. The federal government must provide a special water-tight protection for people of this area against any boko haram incursions. We don’t want any strikes here. It must not happen. The response to such provocation will be unpredictable. And its effect on corporate Nigeria will be far more telling than what it was in the last experience. Those already caught in the attempt must pay dearly for it to start with.

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