I will start this short piece by running a recap of the recent #EndSARS protest in Port Harcourt chronologically.
#EndSARS organic protest started in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, 13 October, 2020, five days after it was staged in Lagos, Abuja and some parts of the country.
Protesters returned to the streets of Port Harcourt on Friday, 16 October for candlelight procession. On Saturday 17 October, prayer walk was held. The next and the last time #EndSARS protest was staged in Port Harcourt, was Tuesday 20 October. The same day Lekki shootings occurred.
These series of protests were 100 percent peaceful contrary to popular opinion on social media that Port Harcourt protest was going to be bloody.
Nnamdi Kanu made a broadcast to his IPOB followers that same Tuesday night, immediately after the Lekki shootings, telling them to burn down police stations, kill and maim those they believe are their enemies.
Getting to the next day, Wednesday 21 October, violence erupted in Oyigbo and parts of Port Harcourt, like Ikoku, Mile 1, Mile 2, Mile 3, et al during the protest staged by IPOB. Mind you, there was no #EndSARS protest in Port Harcourt that very day.
If a witch cries in the night and a child dies in the morning, we do not go to the soothsayer to ask what killed the child. Nnamdi Kanu should be blamed for this whole thing, but sadly, some people are not, rather they are shifting the blame to Governor Nyesom Wike who only did what any responsible chief security officer of a state would have done.
Following the killings and destruction of properties perpetrated by IPOB members foolishly acting on the orders of Nnamdi Kanu, who is enjoying their money in UK, Gov. Wike was left with no choice but to act on the already existing court order outlawing IPOB to arrest the situation.
Governor Nyesom Wike did not and will never order security agents to kill innocent residents of Rivers State. He only imposed curfew in Oyigbo to safeguard lives and properties from rampaging hoodlums who run a cell they use in perpetrating heinous crimes. There is a whole lot of propaganda and lies flying around, we should endeavour to verify any information before we fly with it.
The governor has directed the Executive Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Prince Gerald Oforji to compel security agents in the area to make sure the process of retrieving the rifles that were stolen during the raid on Oyigbo Police Station is devoid of human casualties and abuse of human rights.
The LG boss has also met with soldiers and police men carrying out the operation, they assured him that no innocent life would be taken. They said they are not after Igbos or any other tribe but criminals terrorising the area.
Lastly, we must all shun emotions and sentiments and summon the courage to condemn the destructive tendencies of Nnamdi Kanu, because if we don’t, he would cause big problem in this country for us while he is chilling in Europe. Let’s call a spade a spade.