Maiduguri Curfew Review Is Retrogressive, Some Residents Say
Some residents of Borno’s capital city, Maiduguri, seem not to understand why the state government will review the curfew in the city even when there is perceived peace.
The state government had made the curfew begin earlier by two hours although it said it was temporary.
Mixed reactions have followed the decision that was announced on Monday by the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr. Muhammad Bulama.
The curfew which usually begins by 10:00 p.m. will not start by 8:00 p.m. and end at its usual time of 6:00 a.m.
According to the government, the decision was taken to ensure safety of lives and property in the state and it will last for 5 days from January 2 to 6.
Bulama had explained that the decision was based on the advice of the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole.
Some residents told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that the curfew was “retrogressive”.
Mr Muhammad Idris said the review of the curfew was not a right step toward restoration of peace in the state.
“In the past two years, we enjoyed relative peace and freedom of movement at night.
“The action will induce fear in the minds of people and expose them to hardships, as well.
“It erodes the sense of night life we have been enjoying in the metropolis,” he said.
A Suya vendor, Mr Ibrahim Aminu, said the curfew would “slow down” his business.
Aminu argued that most people in the state capital conducted their legitimate activities in the evening.
“The curfew will further affect businesses after the serious devastation caused by the Boko Haram insurgency,” he maintained.
But Hauwa Musa described the curfew as “a positive step to restore sanity” in the state.
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Hauwa said the recent attacks by the insurgents in the state called for pragmatic measures to protect lives and property.
Although the government did not say if there was a plot to attack the capital city, there have been series of suicide bombing and attacks on communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the last few months.
The insurgents had on December 25 attacked a military base at Moloi community, few kilometres away from Maiduguri, torching houses and vehicles.