The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday urged the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai not to roll his men into Biafraland as agitation for self determination is being conducted peacefully.
Reacting to the recently launched Operation Python Dance in the South-East by the army, IPOB described as a “wickedly, undemocratic silent Jihadi war unleashed on peaceful Biafran population, in order to complete the extermination of the Igbo race under the pretext of military exercise in a peaceful civilian environment.”
The group urged men and women of good conscience to challenge what it called an act of primitive criminal intimidation and provocation.
In a statement signed by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group noted that the latest attempt to use military show of force in Biafraland to deal with legitimate peaceful agitation for self-determination (Operation Python Dance) vindicates its position that Nigeria is irredeemably primitive and incapable of human development.
“Where on earth is it heard that combat-ready troops are deployed within the borders of a country, to deal with a non-violent civil matter? Only in Nigeria.
“It makes a mockery of the role of the military and nonsense of the Constitution that soldiers can be ordered by one army officer, without the permission of the Senate, to kill civilian populations in an area devoid of any conflict.
The Nigerian army are only strong when it comes to killing unarmed peaceful civilians.
“We, IPOB, advice Buratai not to march his army into Biafraland, under the cover of Operation Python Dance because IPOB is agitating for self determination in a peaceful manner.
“We have no arms and will never resort to bearing arms. Buratai should rather focus attention on the Boko Haram-ravaged areas of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
“We are peaceful people by nature but will not tolerate any molestation or intimidation on our soil.
“The few crazy people cheering Buratai on with this ill advised military exercise were the same people that called for the execution of Mohammed Yusuf, the peaceful Boko Haram leader. His death gave Nigerians Abubakar Shekau and the deadly insurgency ravaging the North today. Successive Nigerian governments are good at creating problems out of nothing. Had the Nigerian Government not executed Mohammed Yusuf in cold blood, there wouldn’t have been any Boko Haram as we know it today.
“Had Ken Saro-Wiwa not been executed by the Nigerian state, there would be no militancy in the Niger Delta.
“We advice Buratai to take back his armoured tanks to the war front in the North where it’s needed as we are not fighting any war in the East.
“We ask every Biafran to remain calm and continue to be law abiding in our peaceful agitation to restore Biafra.
“Let nobody entertain any fear because the world knows we are IPOB and as such, we are without fear before our enemies.