The invasion of the South East by the northern youths has continued to create concern among the leadership of the town unions within the region.
Barr Canice Madukaji, an Owerri based lawyer and President-General of Town Unions in the Owerri Federal Constituency expressed deep concern over the issue stressing that if it is not properly handled might snowball into something unexpected.
He made his views known Monday in his Umuokrika Umuoba Uratta home Monday while speaking to Edge Express on the issue. He lamented that the invaders took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to flood Igbo land; an action he stated leaves the mind guessing.
The rights activist and prominent community leader stated, ”there is need for serious concern when we have got some foreign faces during this period of 90-120 days pandemic. Reports reaching us indicate that there are so many strange faces, some of who hail from different parts of the north including Adamawa, Kano, Katsina, Benue etc.”
Madukaji stressed that there are reports here and there that some people who are using Okada sometimes would drop their passengers and rob them on gun point of their phones. He added that it is easier to identify these strangers now that Igbos are hibernating at home and limited from travelling out as a result of restrictions created by the pandemic.
On what the town unions are doing to arrest any possible attack as feared by the people, he indicated that, ”from time to time the executives meet on selective basis to rob minds on the information they are receiving”, adding that it calls for caution.
He stated that the town unions are insisting that before you take in any stranger the landlord should ask for surety. The legal adviser of Olu Owerri, a socio-cultural group in the state also expressed concern in the light of the threat by the Arewa Youths to the effect that any possible harassment of their youths will lead to reprisal actions, reminding that the civil war which clocked 50 years few years ago still evoke memories that appear like it was two years ago.
The anti-corruption lawyer expressing deeper concern cautioned the Igbo citizens to remain vigilant warning that as much as we have our people living in the north, the northerners also have a right to live among us. However, he posed the following questions.
”What are the missions of these people, why are they here, who is feeding them, who is sponsoring them. They are not traceable, they have no families. It is time Igbos know themselves and ask necessary questions”, he concluded. It would be recalled that the alleged massive movement of northern youths following the COVID-19 to the South East has been interpreted as the invasion of Boko Haram fighters in Igbo land and this has raised security concern among the people.