Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been urged by a former Governor of Abia state, Orji Uzo Kalu, to remain calm, as the army conducts its Operation Python Dance campaign.
According to reports, the former governor made his comments in a statement issued in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Voice of Ndigbo gathers that Kalu appealed to IPOB members to exercise restraint and obey the law, as he consults with federal authorities to find ways to quell the tension in Abia and restore normalcy back to the state.
He stated: “In democracy, every group has its fundamental right to express their grievances; but such action must follow due process in line with the constitution of the country to avoid breakdown of law and order.
“However, in this case, dialogue remains the best solution to solving grievances.”
The former governor also lamented over the fact that the incidents unfolding were taking place in his own state which he governed for 8 years previously.
Meanwhile, Nigerian army said its Operation Python Dance campaign in Abia state would continue because its men have not yet received any order from the general officer commanding the 82 division.
This is against claims that the governor of the state, Okezie Ikpeazu, declared that the soldiers would leave the streets of Abia by Friday, September 15.