Activists in Imo State planning a protest rally against alleged extra-judicial killings and unlawful arrests of youths by security operatives have been advised to jettison the plan.
Opponents of the forthcoming rally claim it is ill-timed and capable of compounding the testy time the state is presently embroiled in.
One of the organisers of the protest rally and radio presenter, Theodore Chinonso Uba popularly known as Nonsonkwa had vowed that the rally must be staged in Owerri even if the state burns.
In a short video he posted on social media, Nonsonkwa asked the security agents to be prepared to slaughter as many people as they could.
He maintained that death no longer scares the proponents and foot-soldiers of the rally.
But historian and politician, Chief Greg Obioha appealed to Nonsonkwa and company to refrain from staging the rally at the moment.
In a statement, Obioha submitted that this was not the right time to flex muscles and beat chest in display of activism and radicalism.
While admitting it is the fundamental rights of citizens to express disenchantment over perceived infractions of government, Obioha said the present circumstance doesn’t support a rally of such nature.
He further noted of the total distrust between the people and security agents as well as heightened tension created by beneficiaries of crisis situations.
But Joseph Chimezie, a media practitioner and Apostle Sydney Ejikeme, a cleric are in support of the planned rally.
They rather advised government to prevail on security operatives to accompany the protesters to ensure the rally does not turn violent or be hijacked by hoodlums.
Both Chimezie and Apostle Ejikeme approved the organization of the protest rally because of the unlawful mass arrest of youths and extra-judicial killings which they claimed were on the rise in the state.