As the recent threat letter written to Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa by suspected Fulani Terrorist to attack Asaba and Agbor if the Governor did not withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing, continues to generate reactions from all quarters, we join the peace-loving Deltans and Nigerians of goodwill to condemn in strongest terms such thoughtless threat.
We have equally watched with a mixture of interest and concerns commentaries that trailed the threat from state and non-state actors
For example, while the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ari Mohammed Ali, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Bright Edafe, on Sunday night, assured residents of the State of their safety, noting that the Command is ever committed in its responsibly of providing security for all Deltans”, urging “members of the public to ignore the said publication which must have been pasted by miscreants with the aim of creating panic in the state, we are particularly concerned about the statement by Niger Delta militants under the aegis of Movement for the Emancipation and Defence of Niger Delta, says something new and different.
It reads in part; if the threat is made to come to fulfillment, no Fulani will ever exist across the Niger Delta and all oil facilities linked to a Fulani will be brought down. If one soul is lost, Ten Fulani souls will pay for it. If one Facility is destroyed, Ten Fulani facilities will be destroyed. We will respond proportionately ten times whatever you give, the corresponding response will not be limited to the Delta, It may be with your politicians or with your rulers we will launch three rocket launchers and ballistic missiles at any facility of our choice as a warning in seven days if you make bold your threats
Looking at this spiraling comment, it is our view that although strange development requires an unusual response. But then, all should allow sanity to prevail over emotion.
With this clarified, we, therefore, hold the opinion that there exists an urgent need for the state government and security operatives in the state not to handle this present threat with levity or kid gloves. If by omission or commission this threat is allowed to sail through, the yet unborn generation will not forgive us because we were visibly notified/warned.
It is on these basics that we call on all concerned to go beyond the rhetoric of assurance to taking action. For the security operative in the state, this is not time for a leisurely or reactive approach but a period for the development of proactive strategies that will have such a plot arrested from its base.