By Time Nigeria
The Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the decision of the Federal Government to send the military to the South-East to stop agitations by the Independent Peoples of Biafra, IPOB saying that such decision will not stop further agitations in the country.
The statement was signed by the President General of the Ohanaeze, Chief John Nwodo and made available to the newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria
The statement said that the decision of the Nigerian Army to commence Operation Python Dance in the region, at this point in time, was regrettable and therefore called for immediate termination of the exercise.
Nwodo said this was part of the decisions reached at the meeting of the group, which was held in Enugu on Saturday night.
“While the organisation would not tolerate any form of violence, it nevertheless called for the withdrawal of the military from the zone, the police should rather be drafted to replace the army.” He said.
The former Information Minister said “the military option is never a solution to the problem of nation-building.
“We refer for instance to the goings on in Spain, Scotland and other parts of the world to reaffirm that only through dialogue can the national question be resolved. Consequently, we condemn all acts of violence in pursuance of freedom of expression.
It would be recalled that the IPOB has been proscribed and tagged Terrorist organisation by Nigerian Army.