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
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
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
“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
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.
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