The brutal attack and killing of some military officers of the highest Nigerian military institution,the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, has been described by Izu Ikei Aniocha-Oshimili, Delta State, a socio-political forum of elders from the area, as unthinkable and unbelievable, particularly the murder of their son, Lt. Cdr Samuel Okpunor Awolo, a promising officer from Ubulubu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
This declaration was made known at an emergency meeting of the group chaired by its Leader and President, Chief Peter A. Dunkwu (JP), the Odogwu of Okpanam and veteran educationist.
The group in a statement issued at the end of the meeting and signed it’s Publicity Secretary, Comrade Uche Emma Aboh, by thecondemned in strong terms the brutal attack and assault on Nigerian highest military formation, noting with displeasure, the seemly politicization of the security of the people of this great nation by the current leadership at the centre.
The body wandered why the present administration has reneged on its statutory responsibility or incapacitated in carrying out its fundamental duty as enshrined in Chapter II, Section 14, Sub-section 2b of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, which declares that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
The body further pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and a retired Major General, was expected to be in a good position to decisively deal with security problems that has bedeviled the contrary.
Izu Ikei Aniocha-Oshimili decried the insensitivity of the Federal Government to security challenges currently taken tolls on citizens, stressing the need to urgently and properly identify the so called gunmen and to openly bring them to book.
It noted that the body was keenly watching and expecting the result of the internal investigation going on as any cover up would not be accepted.
The group expressed deepest grief over the murder of their son and aggrieved due to lack of appropriate political approach by the Federal Government in tackling the security situation in the country which is now manifesting some characteristics of a failed state.
It would be recalled that in January 2016, one of Aniocha-Oshimili first-class traditional rulers, late Obi of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Aeea of Delta State, was abducted and gruesomely killed and it would appear that there is no end in sight to these dastardly and insensitive killings by so called “gun men”.
They finally called on the Federal Government to do the needful to secure lives and property of citizens.