Drill: Buhari did not learn from Operation Python Dance that killed Nnamdi Kanu’s parents – Igbo Group
The Concerned Igbo Stakeholders Forum (CISF) urged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to consider dialogue to resolve the crisis in the Southeast rather than a military operation.
Reacting to the recently launched military exercise in the southeast, dubbed “Golden Dawn,” group spokesman Chukwuma Okenwa advised the Nigerian government to learn from history and explore dialogue as an option to regain the heart of the South-East. .
In a statement made available to SaharaReporters on Wednesday, he said: “For the record what we have in the South East is unrest and not insurgency, as such the right key would be to assuage grievances legitimate Southeast.
“How do you beat a child and expect him not to cry?” ”
The statement identified “the lack of critical federal government interventions in the southeast, the region’s exclusion in key appointments” and the lack of an Igbo man in the presidency as confirmation that the region is marginalized.
Okenwa said the recent announcement of a military exercise in the region further confirmed that the administration had not learned lessons from the past.
He said: “We know that insecurity has become a concern in the Southeast after Operation Python Dance and why the president will follow the same ill-advised path as the current situation in the Southeast Does Nigeria Live Up To What The Police Can Handle?
“This idea of preferring the military to the police when it comes to civil unrest is like adding salt to the wound, and it portrays a war situation that the military is designed to engage in.
“A nation at perpetual war with itself does not have the capacity to make reasonable progress.
“The eyes of the Southeast are also on the president regarding October 21, 2021, the day the besieged leader of IPOB (indigenous people of Biafra), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is expected to appear in court.
“If the DSS (Department of State Services) does not present him to a fair trial on the said date, it will confirm the fear that some individuals are trying to use the mantle of governance to fuel violence in the Southeast.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court.
“Let it be recorded that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu never jumped on bail, but his hometown, Afara Ukwu, was invaded by the army, resulting in various casualties, including the loss of his parents.
“Finally, we advise the governors of the South East to wake up from their slumber and stand up for the people they have sworn to protect.
“The people of the southeast are people who love peace.”