The apex Igbo youth organization, Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC), has hailed the South-East Governor’s Forum for what it termed as their timely intervention to ensure that the Nigerian military do not confront pro-Biafra groups during the relaunched Operation Python Dance 3.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Dave Umahi, stated this while receiving the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Abubakar Maikobi, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Abakaliki.
Ohanaeze’s statement said, “Southeast is very peaceful. And any attempt to intimidate innocent Youths and Women will affect the Electoral fortunes of President Buhari and Southeast Governors seeking re election.
“We insists that the military should remain professional and friendly in carrying out the operation Python Dance 3, in a way that it will not attract negative voting during the presidential election by February 16. 2019 against President Buhari.
“Ohanaeze calls on Biafra agitators to cease fire in their operations till after the general election. There should be no exhibition of Biafra flags, protest and disruption of political campaign of both presidential and gubernatorial candidates.
“As any attempt of such, the person or persons will fall victims of Operation Python Dance 3, as the case of Amasiri Junction in Afikpo South where ignorant Youths with Biafra Caps fell victims of Military on patrol recently. We plead to the Military to release the innocent youths”.
On the controversy trailing the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as the head of INEC Collation centre, Ohanaeze said, Zakari’s appointment would not affect the outcome of the February 2019 presidential election.
It, however, urged the people of the South East to cast their votes to candidates that have the interest of Ndigbo at heart.