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Group clarifies petition to UN, Trump over ‘invasion’ of South East

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The Association of Southeast Town Unions (ASETU) has said it decided to petition the United Nations and United State President, Donald Trump because the entire South East has come under serious siege.

National President of ASETU, Chief Emeka Diwe, told journalists in Enugu that the decision also arose from movement of certain elements into the region during the night, saying the development, even amid the interstate movement restriction, was worrisome.

“Strangers who are mostly from the North move into our region in a coordinated manner at night. Once they move in, they take refuge various locations in forests and never to be seen again.

“This is worrisome, considering that we are made to believe that interstate movement of persons has been restricted due the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Diwe, who wondered why they were making such movements in droves, stated that members of the association as grassroots leaders, very well understand the migration patterns of the northerners to the South East.

“Why do they arrive between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. when the dusk-to-dawn curfew is supposed to be in place? Our people suspect that the curfew is to provide free and easy movement for them to invade our land, while we hibernate. If this is not correct, what explains the silence and docility of law enforcement agencies in the face of this anomie?”

On why they did not take an internal approach since the matter involved the internal security of a part of the country, Diwe said, “Since we began to lament and plead for the Nigerian authorities to come to our help us over the onslaught of herdsmen, what has happened? Who has responded to us?”

“Are we supposed to keep silent and perish? Is it better to take the laws into our hands without exploring and exhausting all possible channels for peace? This is an issue of life and death.

“We have exhausted all internal channels. The marginalisation we face in Nigeria is a kind that has never been witnessed anywhere else in the world.”

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