Northerners’ deportation by Imo state



Earlier this week, it was reported by one of the national newspapers that government had deported 84 people of Northern origin back to their homes purportedly for fear that they might be members of .
Further investigation revealed that those people, most of them youths, had been in the state for just eight days undergoing skill acquisition training at one Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS).
According to the report, the Peoples Democratic , PDP, in the state raised the alarm that they might be insurgents; so was left with no option but to send them packing ‘safely’ back home.
Now, this reminds me of the Lagos State deportation saga that happened last year with the ‘deportation’ of some Igbo ‘destitute’ back to their home -Anambra State-which all well-meaning condemned in the strongest terms. A lot of people (including many Igbo) commented on the issue, then. I wonder why it would be any different now. Or is it only Igbo that live freely anywhere in Nigeria?
Constitutionally, every Nigerian has the right to live freely and without intimidation anywhere in the country.  I wonder why a state government which should have known better would ‘deport’ because of their ethnic origin as Northerners.
I found ’s reason for the deportation that it was afraid that people could descend on the innocent even more laughable. A reasonable government is supposed to be strong enough to protect and provide enough security to citizens and I see no reason why it could be any different in this case.
Given what we know of the sect’s ideology, never be members because clearly, the two are opposite to each other; the name literary means ‘Western is forbidden’ and the sect has proven that by its numerous attacks on and in schools.
But for the sake of argument, let’s all agree that those are actually members. What was to do? Was it to deport them back home or detain them and hand them over to the security agencies? A terrorist living anywhere in the world is a threat to everybody. Except if government is now telling the world that any armed robber or prostitute or any criminal for that matter of origin arrested anywhere should be deported to Imo.
Well-meaning should condemn this barbaric act by the government which of cause is posing a greater threat to the of our dear nation that the activities of the people so unjustly deported.

Mustapha Saddiq,
Batagarawa, Katsina state

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