- Governor David Umahi, on behalf of governors in the southeast, has charged troops taking part in the Operation Python Dance III, to be more professional
- The governor also urged the troops to remain neutral in the discharge of their duties for the duration of the operation and also during the forthcoming general elections
- Umahi said the only way Nigeria would exist beyond 2019 was for credible elections to hold where all security agencies are seen to be neutral
The military has been advised by southeast governors, to be more professional in the discharge of their duties.
The advise was given by the governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, on behalf of the South East Governors Forum, during a visit by the general officer commanding (GOC), 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj Gen Abubarka Maikobi, to the Government House in Abakaliki, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the message comes on the heels of the launch of the Operation Python Dance III in the southeast zone.
Umahi pointed out that southeast had been greatly troubled by the military presence, especially because of the recent clash between the Army and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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He urged the troops deployed to the region to maintain a high level of professionalism and remain neutral in the discharge of their duties for the duration of the operation.
The governor further urged them to remain neutral in the coming general election in the state and, by extension, the southeast and challenged them to come up with workable policies that would earn them the confidence of the people of the zone.
Umahi stated that as long as the troops keep to the ethics of their profession of protecting the people instead of being seen or accused of killing them, the zone will not have any problem with the place the Army may deem fit to establish its operational headquarters.
He said any attempt to rig the general election would be resisted by the state and the southeast.
Umahi further insisted that the only way Nigeria would exist beyond 2019 was for credible elections to hold where all security agencies are seen to be neutral.
On his part, Gen Maikobi said he was in the state to inform the governor about the Army's plan to begin Operation Egwu Eke III, and also to familiarise himself with the governments and people of the south-east.
He said: “I am also here to inform you that I have been mandated by the chief of Army staff to formally inform you as the chief security officer of the state that exercise Egwu Eke III was flagged off in Maiduguiri, Borno state.
"The exercise is scheduled to take place from January 1 to 28 February, 2019. We have selected Ebonyi under your purposeful leadership as the location for the step-up headquarters for the exercise."
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He assured the people of Ebonyi state that the Nigeria Army will remain neutral, professional and totally apolitical, adding that the Nigerian Army will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the chief of Army staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, flagged off the third phase of the ‘Exercise Egwu Eke’, better known as ‘Exercise Python Dance’ for the south-eastern part of Nigeria with a plan to begin operation on January 1, 2019.
Buratai promised that the Nigerian Army would continue to conduct internal security operations in the country to help tackle issues with criminality.
He stated further, that the operation is a reassurance that the entire Armed Forces of Nigeria will work with sister security agencies to maintain law and order as the country approaches the 2019 general elections.
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