Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the Federal Government to direct the military to call off its military operation in the South-East immediately. It said that the presence of the military through an operation known as Python Dance, the second, is an invasion of the region and aimed at intimidating the people.
The Army had on Friday said that Operation Python Dance, the second was going to take place in the five South Eastern States to address “assassinations, attack on security personnel, theft of weapons, violent agitations, armed banditry and kidnapping”. But in a statement issued today by its President General, John Nwodo, Ohanaeze disagreed, saying Nigeria at this moment does not need such deliberate escalation of tensions.
Nwodo said that rather than resort to the use of brute force in resolution of an issue of self-determination, there are more civilized and established practices to resolve our democratic and security challenges.
He said that if the presence of the military which he alleged amounted to an act of intimidation was not discontinued immediately, he would be left with no alternative than to conclude that the operation is aimed at gagging the people of the South-East from freely expressing their anger at their marginalization.