The Launch of Python Dance III; A Declaration of Unprovoked War Against the East

The statement below is a release by Igbo Ekunie Initiative, a pan-Igbo activist group.

The attention of Igbo Ekunie Initiative, a coalition of professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, has been drawn to a statement by the GOC 82nd division announcing the launch of Operation “Python Dance III” in the Southeast.

Having carefully considered the spurious reasons given for the intended launch of yet another military operation in the Southeast (a peaceful region) and ipso facto having considered the state of the nation with regards to the mass killings by Fulani herdsmen terrorists in several parts of the nation and noted the deliberate nonintervention of the military in those areas, we declare as follows:

  • That any further launch of operation Python Dance and or military operations in the Southeast, a peaceful region where there is neither war nor insurgency, particularly in circumstances where the military is yet to launch any real operation in areas where Fulani herdsmen have slaughtered thousands of Nigerians or arrest any of such terrorist Fulani herdsmen, would be considered a further act of aggression, discrimination, double standards and indeed a declaration of war against the people of the East by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

  • That Nigeria is a democracy and military operations must be guided by enabling acts of parliament as prescribed by section 217 and 218 of the 1999 Constitution, which provides only three grounds or special circumstances where the military can be deployed as follows:

{1} For the defense of Nigeria from external aggression.

{2} For the maintenance of the territorial integrity and securing the borders of Nigeria from violation by land, sea, and air.

{3} For suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the president subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National assembly.”

Therefore, other than a declaration of war, any military operation in the Southeast would be an illegality; a grave constitutional violation that borders on high treason.

  • That previous military operations in the Southeast, notably “Python Dance I” and “Python dance II” left in its wake hundreds of extrajudicial executions, disappearances, massive extortion of the populace and mass graves. Such that recently, another mass grave of IPOB members executed in cold blood by cowardly members of the Nigerian Army in the course of conducting Operation “Python Dance II” were discovered in Ogwe autonomous community in Asa Ukwa West LGA of Abia state.
  • That, these cowardly acts and egregious crimes against humanity perpetrated against unarmed and innocent civilians in the Southeast were committed in a democracy and by the same army which has refused to confront or arrest murderous Fulani herdsmen and that has even been reported to aid and abet Fulani terrorists as they carry out a murderous campaign of genocide across the country.
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  • That Python dance operations serve no purpose other than to kill, extort and humiliate citizens of the southeast in continuation of Muhammadu Buhari’s declared “Apartheid policies” of hate, discrimination and war against people of the Southeast that is all too evident in his administration.

In light of all of the above, we submit that, having not met any conditions for military operations as prescribed by the constitution, we hereby use this medium to serve notice, that the people of the Southeast, totally and unequivocally reject any further deployment of troops or commencement of military operations in a peaceful region under any name or guise.

Since no one or group has a monopoly of violence, we warn that any further military operations may have catastrophic consequences and may engender hitherto nonexistent insurgencies for which the federal government would stand indicted.


Mazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President, Igbo Ekunie Initiative
  Lawrence Nwobu
Secretary, Igbo Ekunie Initiative