Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that the military operation in the South-East will not stop Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and other groups from further agitations.
Ohanaeze stated this in a statement by its President General, Chief John Nwodo in Abuja on Sunday.
He also said that the Nigerian Army’s Operation Python Dance was regrettable and called for immediate termination of the exercise.
The leader noted that said while the organisation would not tolerate any form of violence, it called for the withdrawal of the military from the zone.
Nwodo added that the police should rather be drafted to replace the Army.
Nwodo, a former minister of information, said “the military option is never a solution to the problem of nation-building”.
“We refer for instance to the goings on in Spain, Scotland and other parts of the world to reaffirm that only through dialogue can the national question be resolved.
“Consequently, we condemn all acts of violence in pursuance of freedom of expression”.
By Wale Odunsi