- The former director of the State Security Service, Mike Ejiofor, has called on the Buhari-led federal government to put an end to the Army’s Operation Python Dance campaign in the south-east
- Ejiofor stated that the campaign will lead to grave consequences for the country's national security, and must be ended in the interest of peace
- The former SSS chief stated that there was nothing conciliatory about the campaign, and called on the government not to add more to Nigeria’s challenges
The federal government has been urged to end the Army’s ongoing Operation Python Dance campaign, by the former director of the State Security Service (SSS), Mike Ejiofor.
Ejiofor made his comments during an interview session on Sunrise Daily, a Channels TV programme.
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He stated that the campaign may cause serious problems for the country.
In his words: “It is a very worrying and disturbing situation. Operation Python dance has a grave consequence to our national security.
“My fears are that if these situations are not checked now, it can conflagrate into a more serious national security situation.
“The military, I appeal, I am not giving an order, must withdraw in the interest of peace.
“In the interest of peace, that dance of the military must stop.
“That dance is not necessary, it is uncalled for and I am using this opportunity to appeal to the military authorities and the Federal Government to stop that dance. That dance is not necessary.”
He further stated: “Let’s look at it, Operation Python Dance, what is a Python?
“A Python looks at its victim, suffocates the victim before it swallows it. That is not conciliatory at all.
“At this stage of our national life when we have a lot of security challenge, we should try and see how we can solve some of the problems instead of adding more to our problems.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian military released its contact numbers for Nigerians residing in areas where the Operation Python Dance II will take place.
In a statement, the deputy director, army public relations, 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa, stated that the action was prompted by the military's willingness to carry members of the public along in its operations.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer reacting to the alleged invasion of his client's house by the Army[embedded content]
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