Nigerians are reacting to the deployment of soldiers and military helicopters to Imo State town of Orlu, apparently in search of Eastern Security Network’s camps.
Nigerian Army through the spokesperson of the 34 artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state, Babatunde Zubairu, confirmed the deployment of helicopters and other military gadgets in the operations, saying that the operation was an offshoot of military intelligence.
However, many Nigerians are not happy with the deployment and are calling for the withdrawal of the soldiers from Orlu.
See some of the reactions below:
World: Banditry is a type of organized crime…
Zamfara state Gov Bello: not all bandits are criminals 🤦🏾♂️
This is why helicopters are not flying over terrorist territory!
A government that sides with terrorists but terrorises it's citizens 🙌🏽 #Orlu #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria
— Dj Switch (@dj_switchaholic) February 18, 2021
ORLU in IMO state is not a forest. It's an urban settlement.
I do not understand what the Nigerian military is doing there…
It is the second largest city in IMO state after Owerri.
This is war and nothing short of it!
The FG has declared war on Nigerians…
— 👑 (@DoctorEmto) February 18, 2021
Arrest peaceful protesters, kill them and humiliate them.
Send Air strike to Orlu, a relatively peaceful urban city with civilian population.
But embrace Boko Haram fighters and have peaceful meetings with terrorists and bandits branding machine guns.
Buhari's govt of bigotry.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) February 18, 2021
Air Strikes in Orlu because they want to protect themselves from Herdsmen that are ravaging the area but no Air Strikes for Sambisa Forest that harbors Terrorists.
Allow the Herdsmen Kill you or be Killed, either ways you must end up Dead 👍
— Odogwu🤴 (@Daddy_Nomso) February 18, 2021
We are defending ourselves against the murderous foreign terrorists as the Nigeria defence minister urged,and Nigeria armed forces are busy bombarding our people in #Orlu. They have brought the war to us,we must defend ourselves till our last drop of blood.
— Amaka Ike (@Real_AmakaIke) February 18, 2021
In Orlu? Not sambisa, not in katsina, not in Zamfara, not in Niger State, nor in any of the hotbeds of terrorism but in Orlu? https://t.co/ez0q6aFdIU
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) February 18, 2021
There are reports Nigerian Army is currently dropping air bombs killing people in Orlu, Imo State.
Orlu is the second largest city in Imo state- it is only Owerri that is bigger.
How do you go to a city and carry out airstrikes? Are we now in Iraq? What is this madness really?
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) February 18, 2021
It takes a special type of wickedness to bomb Civilians in Orlu..
A week after the Nigerian government held peace meetings with Sahelian terrorists known as " bandits"..
This is full scale ethnic cleansing..
— William (@_SirWilliam_) February 18, 2021
Who is the Senator representing Orlu Zone in the National Assembly?
Any statement on the military operation at his backyard?
Can we see why every adult should vote? So political jobbers don't represent us
— IKECHUKWU (@iykimo) February 18, 2021