South East youths raise alarm over Operation Crocodile Smile V1

0
71

The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL), has raised the alarm over the recent flag-off of Operation Crocodile Smile VI by the Nigerian Army in the South-East geopolitical zone.

The President General of the coalition, Goodluck Ibem in a statement Thursday described the move as ill-timed and ill-advised adding that it was also a calculated attempt to use kinetic and brute force in administering a peaceful region.

“We recall that such operations by the Nigeria Army usually end in cutting our youth in the name and under the pretext of security enforcement. The infamous operation codenamed Python Dance or Egwu Eke in 2017 still haunts the collective memory of Southeast youth to this day.”

He noted that the region suffered a lot of casualties from the high jacked #EndSARS protest during which the zone loss the lives of many of its youth in their prime.

“It is on record that during the #ENDSARS protest, the army killed unarmed Mr. Ebere Osuigwe, a 35-year-old young father of five at his residence at Osuigwe lane, Aba, Abia State on his way to collect his phone from a neighbouring building. Another young man was killed by the army at Milverton Street in Aba on the same day and other youth who were killed throwing the families of these slain persons into sorrow and anguish.”

He said that the Nigeria Army rather than focus its operation in Borno and other northern states where Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents have killed so many security agents, sacked many villages and took administrative control of some, and even have the effrontery to attempt the life of a sitting governor despite heavy security details attached leaves much to be desired.

READ ALSO:Ebonyi: Another Umahi’s aide reigns

“We are totally convinced that there could be sinister motives by the Nigeria Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile VI in the South East and South-South zone. The Army has lost the public confidence of the youthful population of the Southeast following the Egwu Eke operation.

“The army protects what it calls ‘repentant Boko Haram terrorists,’ reintegrates them into the mainstream population and even absorbs them into its ranks but yet declares war on the southeast and South-South youths for no reason other than calling for true federalism or seceding out of Nigeria for obvious leadership failure and perceived marginalisation.

“We advise the Nigerian Army to take its Operation Crocodile Smile Vl to Borno, Katsina, Adamawa and other northern states ravaged by Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits”, adding that “South-East is not in any war and is very peaceful. It is totally out of place to bring in the army to a very peaceful locality,” he added.

Thanks for Reading via the most updated news portal

About Leakblast.com

Share your story with us

Advertise With us

Encourage & Support LeakBlast

Feel free to contact us

Call Us:+234(0)9073726403
Get us on Whatsapp: +234(0)8181166425      
Email Us: editors@leakblast.com

SUPPORT LEAKBLAST JOURNALISM OF INTEGRITY AND CREDIBILITY

Good  journalism costs a lot of money.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble Endeavor.

By contributing to LeakBlast, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Support LeakBlast

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here