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Python Dance II: Ohanaeze asks Buhari to halt invasion  

By Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja 

Pan Igbo socio-cultural group, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described the  military operation tagged Operation Python Dance II as a military invasion of the South East urging the presidency to direct the military to call off the exercise.

Ohanaeze President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said the military operation started last week is the height of provocation and may escalate the already tensed situation in the zone. He declared that the operation was only meant to intimidate South East residents.

Nwodo contended that “Nigeria at this moment does not need such deliberate and proactive escalation of tensions and crisis”

Rather than resort to the use of brute force in resolution of issue of self determination the Ohanaeze said , “there  are more civilised and established practices to resolve our democratic and security challenges”

He cautioned that if what he called the act of intimidation was not discontinued,  “it would be left with no alternative than to conclude that this is a containment policy aimed at the South East to intimidate our people from freely expressing their anger and angst at their marginalization and treatment as second class citizens.”

Nwodo stressed  “In a democracy the level of disenchantment expressed by the people of the South East of Nigeria ought to have provoked a serious dialogue between our people and the Federal Executive and the Legislature”

“History teaches us that the continous use of force to silence dissent and free speech will only accelerate the growth of dissent and dissatisfaction. Fundamental Rights of freedom of expression are critical for a successful democracy” the President General counseled.

He  noted that the claim that the program is aimed at checking increasing crime in the region has no empirical support because the first Python dance was used to extort money from our people and never addressed the issue of crime more so by Police record the South East is not the worst in crime rate in the country.

Nwodo said  “Our people were shamelessly intimidated and harassed at these check points. Operation Python Dance 1 procured no arrests of criminals that were prosecuted for any of the criminal activities that Operation Python Dance II is supposed to address. Instead it witnessed reckless and indiscriminate murder of self determination agitators in Asaba,Aba,Nkpor,and Porthacourt numbering up to 191 by the estimates of Transparency International and shattered public confidence of South Easterners in the Nigerian Army and Police

On the incident at the country home of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Nwodo  described   it as unfortunate. He said “We believe that it is a deliberate invasion of a quiet homestead, an act of provocation and a continuing policy of intimidation pointing out that “crimes of monstrous proportions are occurring in other parts of Nigeria.  Such crimes include ravaging killings by Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt, Secret cult killings in Lagos and the South West, bunkering and armed resistance in the Delta, wanton kidnappings and killing of military personnel in Kaduna State and environs as well as Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.  The Nigerian Army has never embarked on Operation Python Dance in any of the other five geopolitical zones on account of these incidences. Innocent civilians living in these other parts of Nigeria have not witnessed the type of invasion Umuahia witnessed Sunday night.”

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 12th September 2017 at 6:22 pm

    The said ohanaeze group with its nwodo are cowards pleading with rats in the hands of God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states. If one challenged you in a fight and you do not fight back and crush the enemy, you are a slave. The final battle of the 50 years Biafra – Nigeria War has begun. The enemy must be crushed on Biafran Soil. As I already said, any Igbo man or woman who do not stand for this final battle, must vacate Biafraland now or go down with the enemy. God will raise the grass to fight for Biafra in this final battle, if need be. God given victory is Biafran. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Dr. Uche Kalu 12th September 2017 at 10:48 pm

    ”Kpum bu ogu.Mmadu adi anu na ulo ya nowa nkpuru amu.”
    We Igbos are currently under siege.
    Yet the reactions of our so call Leaders,Elected and Traditional alike, have seemingly been admixtures of
    equanimity and tepid condemnations or rather very condescending and of an appeasement.
    Well,according to Sir Winston Churchill,” Appeasers are those who feed man eating crocodiles hoping that
    they will be eaten last.
    The Fulani Caliphate of Sokoto is hell-bent to Islamize our Fatherland,subjugate us all and to make Nigeria their
    Usman Dan Fodio Estate.
    But we Igbo Christians are seen by the Hausa/Fulani muslims as a big stumbling block to that grand plan of
    theirs.
    Just last year 2016, some Hausa /Fulani Jihadist singled out one our Daughters,Oriaku Bridget Agbahieme and had her brutally beheaded publicly in a broad daylight.
    The perpetrators, who arbitrarily carried out that barbaric and inhuman act of savagery were later tried in a Sharia Court and were summarily acquitted.The Sharia Court in its deliberation claimed that the perpetrators merely carried out their Islamic obligation of Jihad.
    The late Mrs. Bridget Agbahieme was posthumously found guilt that same Sharia Court of non-observance of Ramadan.She did not heed to warnings but left her Restaurant open from sunrise to sunset during last year’s Ramadan Season.
    Last years also,scores and hundreds of Igbos,who were taking part in Processions and Church Services in honour of our fallen Biafran Heroes,were masscred in many Cities and Towns of the South East by the Nigerian Army.
    But such peaceful Procession and Church Services have become our yearly tradidion on every 31st of May
    since after Biafran-Nigerian War,1967-1970.
    This year 2017 we Biafrans chose to honour our fallen Heroes at home and in the Churches but that did not sit well with our Hausa/Fulani Overlords and Oppressors,who through the auspices of its purported AREWA Youth Organizations went out their ways to issue a Quit Order to all Igbos in the North.
    Now to further intimidate and to add more insults to the injuries inflicted upon Ndigbo,the power-that -be in
    the polity has deployed its Janjawee Army commanded and dominated by its Jihadist morons.
    This is a wake up call to our Igbo Leaders to stand up to the occassion.Our enemies and oppressors must not
    given any excuse to do what they are know for; an inborn predilection for inhuman acts of barbarism,mass murder and savagery,which they the muslims call Jihad.
    Oh yes,Jihad is one of the tenets of Islam.They would like to make a Somalia or a Libya of this moribund country of ours.
    Our resistance must be passive and non-violent.But at the same time we must send urgently SOS to various World Bodies and Internation Organisations like,the AU,ECOWA,EU,Red Cross UN,WCC et al,to come to our aid.
    ”Ndi mmiri gbara gburugburu na eche ndu ha nche.Ndigbo kwenu-o-o-o-o!”
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa Fulani Islmic Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra,the Land of the Rising Sun!!!

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