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PYTHON DANCE | South-East Senators caution FG on People’s rights

by on September 13, 2017


The South East Sen­ate Caucus yester­day decried the ongoing military show of force in the South Eastern States particu­larly in the remote vil­lages around Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

In a statement by the caucus Chairman, Sena­tor Enyinnaya Abaribe, it condemned the alleged military incursions into the country home of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, saying such ac­tion suggests willful personalisation of the operation and deliber­ate abuse of the people’s fundamental right.

Abaribe said that the caucus is sad that the military chose a time when the caucus has engaged IPOB leader­ship and even extracted firm commitment from them that its agitation will be strictly non-vi­olent and in conformity with international best practices.

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The statement said, “We had hoped that our ongoing engagement with the group be given a chance and here we are with a hurried mili­tary action deep into a highly populated area with high propensity for casualty which occur­rence would rather es­calate the already tense situation.

“It is more worrisome that the Military’s Op­eration Python Dance 2’ restricted to the South East in a peace time, has, no doubt, fouled the environment and sent strong signal that the region is under siege, which should not be so in a democracy.

“We, therefore, urge extreme caution, and advise the Military to de-escalate the situa­tion and choose the best operational modus that will not only guaranty the safety of Nigerians, but also enhance na­tional unity.

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“Nigeria is not at war; people are only exercis­ing their constitutional and universally guar­anteed rights. So far, they are carrying on in a manner that have never given room to violence which could warrant a wholesale military ex­pedition.”

The caucus, ac­cording to Abaribe, sympathises with the wounded and reiterate the call for dialogue as a panacea to the lingering agitation.


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  • Paschal
    September 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Now you have come my able senators from the south east and south south. Let us together fight for our right which is the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. Let us free ourselves from this illiterate and barbaric housa/Fulani and Yoruba saboteurs. Long live Biafra. All hail Biafra. Unity is not by force.


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