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Ekweremadu calls on President Buhari to call off Operation Python

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The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call off the ongoing Operation Python Dance II in the south East in order to avoid war in the country.

He made this call after he wrote the president in a five-page letter, urging him that he take the advice of his security advisers.

The Deputy Senate President who also is Nigeria‘s present and highest political office holder from the South East said he was compelled by the rising tension in the South East occasioned by Operation Python Dance and the dangers to the nationhood inherent in it to appeal to the President “to take immediate steps to avert another civil war in Nigeria”.

In the five pages letter, titled “Rising Tension in the South East, Ekweremadu said while he pleads for the call off of the ongoing Operation Python, his fully committed to the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

 

His Letter reads in Part.

“The peace of Nigeria has never been this fragile since the end of the civil war and as leaders, we must do everything humanly possible and legitimate to hold the nation together in peace and prosperity.

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, you would agree with me that there is a need for caution.

“Recall, Your Excellency, that the South East Caucus of the Senate met with you on November 9, 2016. We had a heart-to-heart discussion on pressing issues affecting the South East. Recall that on the issue of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu, who was then in detention, we pleaded for your intervention and strongly advised against his continued detention. We were of the view that his continued detention would only further popularise, and in fact, make him a hero.

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“Furthermore, we informed you that when the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, was detained during the administration of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, we approached the former President and appealed to him to immediately release Chief Uwazuruike to avoid creating a mountain out of a molehill. He heeded the advice and Chief Uwazuruike and MASSOB have never posed any threat to the peace and sovereignty of Nigeria ever after.

“I recall, however, that on the appeal for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, you told us to allow the judicial process to run its cause.

“But, in retrospect, it proved to be a big mistake on the side of government as his continued detention made him a hero among a cross-section of the people”.

“I am afraid, Your Excellency, that the government is embarking on yet another huge misjudgment today by adopting a military option to the Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB challenge.

“Therefore, I most respectfully appeal to you to order the immediate withdrawal of the military from the South East as their presence can only and is indeed already amplifying tension in the region”.

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“As a General, you would agree with me that the armed forces are not trained to contain civil disobedience or civil protest. Therefore, deploying soldiers in the present circumstance is like using fuel to quench candlelight. I am very worried that our armed forces that are already heavily stretched are being saddled with the responsibilities outside their primary constitutional duties. As a lawyer, let me most respectfully point out that the courts have severally frowned at the deployment of soldiers in circumstances as we presently have in the South East, describing it as totally unconstitutional.

However, Ekweremadu, who is an advocate of a united Nigeria, urged the President to re-engage the South East leaders to find out ways the present unrest in the East could be resolved.

He advised the President to follow up on the dialogue initiated by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, who met with South East leaders- the Governors, members of the National Assembly, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, clergy, traditional rulers, civil society, elder statesmen, and political leaders- in his capacity as the Acting President while the President was on medical leave overseas.

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