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

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.

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.

“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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