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Army accused of atrocities against Igbos

07 December 2016, 07:04

Abuja – A vocal critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has dismissed the Army’s Exercise Python Dance as a guise to intensify atrocities against the Igbo.

The month-long exercise commenced on November 27 with the army arguing it would address crises such as militancy in this region in the Rivers State.

Public affairs analyst, Jude Ndukwe, however dismissed the position as an intimidatory tactic ahead of the festive season when majority Ndigbo were back home.

“The people of the southeast have raised concerns that the exercise python dance by the army is just a smokescreen nomenclature for the continued alleged genocidal atrocities committed by the army against Ndigbo,” Ndukwe said.

It is said in some quarters that the period of the exercise proper has been carefully chosen to coincide with the time Igbo sons and daughters from all over the world converge on their motherland to celebrate the Christmas holidays with their kith and kin.”

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Ndukwe said the Exercise Python Dance was thus ill-conceived.

“It is a way of sending a message to brothers and sisters based in the Diaspora to, out of fear, request their kinsmen and women back home to surrender their will and their rights to the occupying army and their federal collaborators.”

The Nigerian Army has however dismissed allegations the exercise targeted any individual or group of people.

“It is purely a Command Post and Field Training exercises as a way of enhancing troops’ preparedness across spectrum of contemporary security challenges peculiar to South Eastern region,” said Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division.

– CAJ News

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