By Nick Chibunna
As reactions continue to trail the deployment of troops in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, an operation the military code-named, ‘Egwu Eke’ or Operation Python Dance, an Anglican prelate and Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP, has warned that the exercise was not necessary since the zone was not at war with any body.
Bishop Maduwike who made the observation weekend while fielding questions from newsmen on the state of the nation and the military exercise, in particular described the South-East geopolitical zone as the safest and most peaceful zone in Nigeria.
He said that the exercise was not necessary in view of the present tension in the country. He passionately appealed to the Federal Government to withdraw the troops in the interest of peace.
Reminded that the Federal authorities said that the exercise was to curb crime and unwholesome acts within the region, the prelate maintained that South-East remains the safest place in Nigeria, adding that crime was not peculiar to the South East.
The prelate, who was visibly not happy with the goings-on in the country, said that there are numerous flashpoints all over the country, where unwholesome acts, like, kidnappings, insurgency and agitations take place every day. He called on the federal authorities to stop the operation.
Bishop Maduwike said, “we do not want python dance!” What we want is, “joyful and peaceful dance” for the glory of God.