By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai to perish its planned military operation in the south-east and channel its energy in fighting insecurity in the north.
It described the operation as a misplaced one, insisting the Southeast was relatively peaceful.
The Nigerian Army had recently announced its plans to begin the fourth phase of Operation Python Dance in the south-east soon.
The pro-Biafran group in a statement on by the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful said the only insecurity in Biafraland was those introduced by land grabbing terror herdsmen “aided and abated by South-East governors.”
He said, “Announcing countless and meaningless military operations within the borders of Nigeria is indicative that this army headed by Buratai is just an instrument of suppression and intimidation.
“Civilised democratic countries set up their armies to fight external enemies and protect their borders but in Africa as with all developmentally backward parts of the world, national armies are being used to oppress the civilian population of which Nigeria is a prime example.
“They should stop fooling themselves and reveal the motive behind these countless invasions of Biafraland which is to aid Fulani terror herdsmen acquire and consolidate farmlands forcibly taken from non-Fulani communities in the south.
“There is no insecurity in Biafraland save for those introduced by land grabbing Fulani terror herdsmen, aided and abated by South East governors.”
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According to the group, “In the north, their governors are busy proudly and openly negotiating with known killers, bandits and terrorist but in Biafraland Dave Umahi, Willie Obiano, Okezie Ikpeazu and Nnia Nwodo are busy colluding with northern military officers to kill their own people.
“We know Nigerian military have no shame and will continue to flex their muscle against unarmed peaceful civilians while running away from engaging Boko Haram in battle in the north.
“Boko Haram are rampaging and killing lives in the north. There are overcrowded IDP camps and abandoned villages in the Arewa core north but the senseless Nigerian army are in Biafraland extorting money from motorists and committing all manner of unspeakable atrocities.
“We IPOB are not relenting in our exposure of the inadequacies and unconscionable actions of this Buratai led Nigerian army until the world is firmly aware of what obtains in Nigeria. Exposing and making sure the whole world knows about the evil plans of Nigerian government and her security agencies against the people of Biafra is our responsibilty and that we shall continue to do.
“There is peace in Biafraland except for where Fulani terror herdsmen are wreaking havoc in Ebonyi State. It is therefore unacceptable that Nigerian army should be running around in armoured vehicles and tormenting innocent civilians when they should be combating insecurity in core Arewa North.”