Anioma political group dissociates from Sowore camp
By Ajuwa Victor, Asaba
A Delta state based socio political group, Anioma Youth Mandate, has dissociated itself and its members from any form of revolution being planned by Sowore and his group, and advised all Anioma sons and daughters not to be tempted or dragged into what it described as a dangerous venture and illegality.
In a statement personally signed by its national president, Nnamdi Ofonye, on Sunday, the group expressed its total opposition to any form of action that has the potential to destabilise, heighten insecurity and lead to total breakdown of law and order.
The group noted that while it is the right of any group or individual to stage a peaceful protest against any government policy(s) deemed to be anti people, it said the statement credited to Sowore that Nigerians should end the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari like what happened in Egypt, Somalia and Tunisia through revolution, is a call too many and quite unfortunate.
He, therefore, advised that the geographical area of Anioma must not be encroached or enlisted for such action stressing that there is no room presently for such, considering the high rate of insecurity currently bedeviling the nation and as such, certain words and actions should be avoided for now in the general interest of the citizenry.
The statement read in part, “As major stakeholders in the Nigerian project, the well-being and safety of all Nigerians is of great concern to us as a group and people. While it is the right of the citizens of any country to express their dissatisfaction over government actions and inactions through peaceful protests, the timing and the motive behind this is unacceptable.
“Furthermore, following the evidences as released by the DSS alleging external instigation among other unholy meetings between Sowore and some individuals known to be anti government, who have long been agitating for the disintegration of the nation, it became clear that the idea behind the plot is not only selfish and inimical, but also politically induced”.
While berating Sowore, who contested against President Buhari in the just concluded general election for allowing himself to be used, he advised him to instead channel such energy into other projects that would help solve the myriad of insecurity across the country, stressing that security of lives and properties is the collective effort of all and sundry than government alone.
While calling on the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to stop such lawlessness taking place in any part of the state, Ofonye maintained that such illegality could be hijacked or taken advantage of by hoodlums, bandits and terrorists, who are lurking around and looking for any leeway to wreak havoc on the citizens.
The youth group commended the DSS for acting swiftly by arresting Sowore early enough as no government worth its salt will fold hands and watch groups or individuals destabilise the country or plot a forceful takeover of the government.
He reminded Sowore that instead of fermenting trouble after losing woefully in the presidential election, he should, instead, work hard in preparation for 2023 general elections, where he would have the legitimate means to push for a change of government, instead of this unconstitutional approach adopted by him and his co-travellers.
The statement further charged the federal government to intensify efforts in ending all issues of insecurity and fast track economic reforms that would enhance the economy and provide better living standards for all Nigerians.