- The Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) accuse the military of humiliating people in the southeast
- The group faults the proscription of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) by the federal government
- The ILT advocates for the drafting of a new constitution anchored on true federalism and regional autonomy
Some Igbo leaders of have demanded for the immediate end to the military operation in the southeast tagged Operation Python Dance II.
The group, the Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), led by Prof Ben Nwabueze condemned what it described as the humiliation and attendant killings of people in the region by the army.
The Nation reports that the Igbo leaders in a communique signed by Nwabueze after a meeting in Enugu, on Monday, October 9, also called for a similar military exercise in the Niger Delta region, code named, Operation Crocodile Smile to be stopped.
The group faulted the proscription of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation, adding that the proscription was not backed by the extant national and international laws.
The ILT advocated for the drafting of a new constitution anchored on true federalism and regional autonomy affirmed through a referendum.
The communique issued by the group read in part: “The ILT demands on early convocation of a constituent assembly that would draft a new constitution anchored on true federalism and regional autonomy affirmed through a referendum.
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“ILT condemns the proscription of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation because it is not there under the extant national and international laws.
“The ILT calls for a thorough investigation into the allegation by the Minister of State for Petroleum (Dr Ibe Kachikwu) against the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for insubordination and by-passing the board of the corporation.
“Finally, the ILT would like to reiterate, for emphasis, the support for the widespread clamour in the country for restructuring.”
Meanwhile, the troops of 81 Division of the Nigerian army on October 7, launched its 2017 training exercise tagged Operation Crocodile Smile in Lagos and Ogun state.
The southwest exercise is expected to last three weeks and end on October 28, 2017.
The spokesman of the division, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, in a statement on Monday, October 9, said that the exercise will also avail troops the opportunity to sharpen combat skills in the conduct of land base as well as joint riverine operation.
Daudu added that the exercise may transform into real operations to deal with emerging security challenges such as kidnappings, cultism, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, and insurgency, among others
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