As the dust raised by massive deployment of troops in the South-East zone of Nigeria is yet to settle, an Anglican prelate and Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike, JP, has added his voice to calls on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, withdraw the soldiers from the zone since the South East zone is not at war with anybody.
The Federal Government had, at the wake of Yuletide, deployed soldiers to major cities in te South East in an exercise code-named “Operation Python Dance”.
According to the government, the exercise became necessary because of problems of violence, armed robbery, kidnapping and what it described as “unwarranted agitations” in the zone.
Bishop Maduwike who was speaking to Christian Voice in his office on the myriads of problems confronting the nation, said that the South East zone is the most peaceful region in the country and wondered why such an exercise was directed at it.
He said that the entire scenario is shrouded in mystery and that one can easily suspect the move as having hidden intensions.
He reminded the Federal Government that government is about people, adding that any government that cannot impact positively on the lives of those it governs has failed.
Bishop Maduwike called on the South East governors to sit up and speak out, adding that silence or inability to act is tantamount to betrayal of trust of those who voted them into office.
Since the exercise was launched, prominent Igbo leaders and well-meaning Nigerians have spoken against it. They included former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and others.
(c) Christian voice