Python dance: Don’t turn Igboland to killing field – Ohanaeze warns youths

Chief John Nwodo

The apex-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned Igbo youths not to do anything that would pitch them against the Nigerian state and turn the region into a war zone as the planned Operation Python Dance III by the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army gets underway.

President-General of the group,  Chief Nnia Nwodo, who made this known yesterday, stated that the people of the South-East would vote for equity, merit and fairness in 2019 and urged them to take advantage of next year’s general elections to support a government that would change the narrative in the country.

Nwodo, who gave the advice in Enugu during the Business Conference of Ohaneze Ndigbo in the Diaspora, represented by Igbo World Assembly, IWA, regretted what happened during last year’s Operation Python Dance II, in which several members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, lost their lives, following military invasion of their leader’s compound at Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, in Abia State.

Cautioning Ndigbo, especially the youths, against falling for the antics of anyone or groups that would want to incite them, he stated that his position has been that Nigerians are better together. He said considering the investments the Igbo have made in the country; they would not have a better deal in such conflagration.

Nwodo said the yearning of majority of Nigerians is a system of government that would re-engineer the economy the way it was in the first republic, stressing that the only way to achieve this is to restructure the system of governance.

“Four zones out of the six in the country have set the agenda for restructuring. I appeal to our people to go out and vote during the election because your warfare is your vote,” he said.

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