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NBA, cleric, CLO raise alarm over Operation Python Dance 3.

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Individuals and groups from the South East geo-political zone are angry over the proposed re-launch of the third round of Operation Python Dance, known as Operation Python Dance 3.

The first and second rounds of the military operation dubbed Operation Egwu Eke in Igbo language left in its trail, enormous casualties and victims said they were yet to recover from their misdeeds till date.

But baring his mind on the proposed Operation Python Dance 3, former chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Idemili branch, Ben Okoko did not mince words when he told newsmen yesterday at his law chambers at Nkpor, near Onitsha that the exercises called Operation Python Dance 1, 2 or 3 as the case may be is a huge and monumental waste of public funds.

According to Okoko, the exercise also shows incompetence of the Nigerian military in handling the internal affairs of this country, adding that the military in Nigeria has come of age and should have a paradigm shift from physicalism to intelligence gathering and under-cover operations.

He said: “Previous outings of these operations have resulted in huge casualties on civilians. There have been instances where military might  have been required but   they failed woefully. The resources they are trying to put on ground for this Operation Python Dance 3, if channeled to the flash points of the country, where armed herdsmen and Boko Haram sects are wreaking havoc would send a nunc dimitis to the sects and get them eradicated.

“It will amount to adding salt to injury for the military to come to South East under the guise of Operation Python Dance 3 where the population is already saturated with heavy police presence in a peace time. So, it will be superfluous for the military to add their presence in the South East and also very provocative on the citizenry.”

Operation Python Dance, mockery of Ndigbo—Cleric In his reaction, the General Overseer of Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministry Inc.  Nnewi, Anambra State, Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh, declared: “South East zone and its people do not need anything called Operation Python Dance for any reason whatsoever”.

He warned “that any one fronting such a move is making mockery of Ndigbo in totality and at the same time, reminding us of the civil war massacre against us,” adding, “enough of that remembrance and marginalisation of Ndigbo.”

He called on the Federal Government to halt the plan without further delay.

“The Operation Python Dance 3 should be sent to the areas where there are massive killings like in the Northern part of the country where herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents are disturbing the peace of the country and not in the South East where there is peace and quietness,” Udeh noted.

CLO condemns military operation Also reacting to the development, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, Anambra state chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, declared: “I reject in its entirety, the proposed re-launching of  Operation Python Dance 3 in the South East zone because the zone is yet to recover from the shock and damning effects of the first and second exercises carried out in the past which were very disastrous in nature”.

Ezekwueme noted that instead of Python Dance, the South East zone is in dire need of infrastructural development, particularly the resuscitation of moribund Onitsha Sea Port; Onitsha/3-3/Otuocha road; Enugu/Awka/Onitsha road; Nnewi/Uga/Akokwa/Arondizuogu/Okigwe road; Akanu Ibiam Airport; and appointment of Easterners into sensitive and strategic positions in Nigeria.


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