Ekweremadu, Uwazurike condemn military siege to South East, sue for calm, dialogue

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The military siege to the South East is uncalled for because there is no prevailing situation in the region to warrant it in the first place. Instead, it is the Python Dance that appears to be creating problems and raising tension in the region. The agitation in the South East at the moment is best resolved by way of dialogue and a sense of inclusion

A Nigerian Army tank on the streets in the South East

THE Deputy Senate President (DSP), Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned the military siege to the South East geopolitical zone, noting that dialogue and inclusion were best options in resolving the agitation in the region.

In a statement Thursday by his Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu the Deputy Senate President stated: “The military siege to the South East is uncalled for because there is no prevailing situation in the region to warrant it in the first place. Instead, it is the Python Dance that appears to be creating problems and raising tension in the region. The agitation in the South East at the moment is best resolved by way of dialogue and a sense of inclusion.

Disclosing that he and other leaders of the region were engaging the Presidency and security agencies on the issue and hoped that the Operation Egwu Eke will be called off, he called on the people of the South East to remain calm.

He stated: “Until then, however, I call on the military to respect the rights of the citizens. The various videos and reports of gross human rights abuse making the rounds in the social and traditional media are nevertheless disgusting and disheartening. They should be thoroughly investigated by relevant authorities with a view to establishing the truth and ensuring that no human rights violator goes unpunished.”

Meanwhile, a constitutional lawyer Dr. Anthony Agbazuere described the Operation Python Dance II “as evil, anti-people and a declaration of war and the Federal Government and the Chief of Army Staff should review their operations.”

Agbazuere said that the situation that would warrant deployment of soldiers, as provided in section 217 of the nation’s constitution, did not arise, while noting that, “even if the Federal Government felt that Nnamdi Kanu had violated his bail conditions, they cannot send soldiers after him.”

He noted that the immediate withdrawal of the soldiers will restore “normalcy and allow the South East governors to conclude their dialogue with the IPOB leadership.”

Former President of Aka Ikenga and lawyer, Chief Goddy Uwazurike said:  “Abia and the whole of Igboland is being provoked by the callous display of weaponry by the Nigerian Army; it is the action of an army of occupation. Are we already at war? Let the powerful army be deployed to fight the Boko Haram in the North East and the ubiquitous herdsmen ravaging the southern and Middle Belt parts of the country. Like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, I demand that those who sent the soldiers to Abia to withdraw them.

“This simulated crisis is a ploy to impose military rule in Abia. The government should not forget that progress can only be made in a time of peace and not war.”

According to him, “the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu was a mistake but his re-arrest will be a disaster! The Federal Government has charged him to court but it appears it wants to take the extra judicial action of simulating a situation, which will lead not only to a state of emergency but also violence. This was what happened in the elegant Zaki Zaki case.

“The present government should learn from past governments on how to handle a civil situation. It is instructive to note that the last time the nation witnessed this kind of scandalous action was when former president and General, Olusegun Obasanjo invaded Odi and Zaki Biam.”

 

 

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