The Presidency has stated that those guilty for the heinous killings in the Southeast and elsewhere in the country will soon face ‘strong measures’ from the security forces.
Presidency also urged Nigerians against falling for the ploys of forces intent on lighting the country ablaze by refraining from posting content capable of provoking violent responses from the public.
Recent grisly killings and property devastation in various regions of the country, particularly in the Southeast, including the reported murder of a pregnant lady, her four children, and other victims in a targeted attack in Anambra State, have heightened the national security climate.
The ongoing dissemination of odd images and videos of the atrocities on social media has made it increasingly difficult for civilians to accept the killings.
In a response by Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency described the violent activities as barbaric and blamed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), for the breakdown of law and order in the Southeast.
While advising the public to exercise restraint when sharing multimedia content on social media, it was noted that federal government agencies and experts had been tasked with verifying the veracity of certain materials that had been circulating on social media and were already causing discontent in parts of the country.
“The Presidency wishes to caution against any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, or even retaliatory violence in response to the viral videos of the alleged killings of non-indigenous people by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and its parent terrorist organisation, the Indigenous People of Biafra” (IPOB).
“While expert agencies are currently verifying the factuality and veracity of the claims that accompany the horrifying images that have been circulating, we urge all citizens to avoid hasty actions or conclusions that could exacerbate the situation, and instead maintain a course of action that will assist the law in taking its proper course.
“The Presidency further urges the people against the indiscriminate sharing of social media messages in order to deny those with vested interests who wish to divide us and sow discord the opportunity to do so.
The statement reads, “In issuing his strong condemnation of these “wild, barbaric and wanton killings of innocent people” in the South-East and other parts of the country, which he described as “deeply disturbing,” President Muhammadu Buhari warns the perpetrators of these acts to expect a harsh response from the security forces.”