Prolific writer, lawyer and dynamic activist, Mr Eze Eluchie has described “Operation Python Dance II” as an act of war against Igbos of the South East region. He wrote:
The Nigerian military’s so called “Operation Python Dance II” taking place in the South Eastern States (Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States) is an act of war against Igbos.
The Military operations being embarked upon by the Nigerian army is akin to the Army of the Kingdom of Spain embarking on outlandish ‘display of force’ in the streets of Barcelona and across the Catalonia region or the British Army provocatively deploying Tanks, Armoured Personnel Carriers with AK-47 totting soldiers patrolling the streets of Edinburgh and other major Scottish cities, towns and villages.
There is absolute no reason whatsoever to deploy armed soldiers, in massive numbers, on streets of cities and towns/villages against unarmed civilian population.
The military operations is provocative and geared towards creating opportunities to cause fear, harm and kill amongst an ethnic group against whom the Nigerian ruler has shown palpable angst and dislike – particularly as the same Government has refused to address acts of ethnic cleansing being perpetuated against the peoples of Nigeria’s Middle Belt region by so-called Herdsmen.
The killings, maiming and injuries to be visited on the civilian population cannot be said to be ‘unanticipated’ or ‘collateral damages’ – these harms are actually premeditated and planned.
Excuses preferred by Buhari’s Army that the deployment of troops was in response to ‘security challenges’ falls as mere hogwash when juxtaposed against the same Military’s ominous silence, inaction, lack of response and at times explicit connivance to the systematic ethnic cleansing and genocide being perpetuated against the various peoples of Nigeria’s Middle Belt region by Fulani Herdsmen men.
In a Statement signed on behalf of the Army Chief of Staff (General Buratai) by the Chief of Operations and Training (General Ahmadu), both as the bulk of Nigeria’s military personnel of northern extraction, the Military Operations “is conceptualized to transit into real time operations against violent criminals and agitators when called upon”.
In other words, the Military was foisting itself to take over policing duties in an area recognized in a recent United Nations survey as the most peaceful region of Nigeria.
This is evidenced by preliminary activities undertaken in Afaraukwu near Umuahia, home town of the leader of a prominent group agitating for the independence of Biafra.
Under the pretext of ‘Operation Python Dance 2”, a convoy of soldiers traversed through residential areas which led to altercation between the soldiers and civilians, the period of this totally unprofessional and uncalled for military exercise will result in multiple civilian causalities, extreme radicalization of otherwise peaceful protesters/agitators and the deification/sainthood/martyrdom of those that will be felled.
Nigeria’s ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, is clearly living up to expectations as a man with a pathological disdain and hatred for a people, Ndi Igbo.
Like persons who held similar dispositions against industrious and dynamic peoples, posterity will sooner than later, consign the rule to his rightful position.
Video link: Confrontation between civilians and Military/security personnel: