The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, not to go ahead with the planned military operation in the southeast.
The pro-Biafran group described the operation as a misplaced one, insisting the Southeast was relatively peaceful.
The Nigerian Army had announced that it would soon begin the fourth phase of Operation Python Dance in the south-east.
In a statement by the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, IPOB said the only insecurity in Biafraland was those introduced by land grabbing terror herdsmen “aided and abated by South-East governors.”
He said, “Announcing countless and meaningless military operations within the borders of Nigeria is indicative that this army headed by Buratai is just an instrument of suppression and intimidation.
“Civilised democratic countries set up their armies to fight external enemies and protect their borders but in Africa as with all developmentally backward parts of the world, national armies are being used to oppress the civilian population of which Nigeria is a prime example.
“They should stop fooling themselves and reveal the motive behind these countless invasions of Biafraland which is to aid Fulani terror herdsmen acquire and consolidate farmlands forcibly taken from non-Fulani communities in the south.
“There is no insecurity in Biafraland save for those introduced by land grabbing Fulani terror herdsmen, aided and abated by South East governors.”
According to the group, “In the north, their governors are busy proudly and openly negotiating with known killers, bandits and terrorist but in Biafraland Dave Umahi, Willie Obiano, Okezie Ikpeazu and Nnia Nwodo are busy colluding with northern military officers to kill their own people.
“We know Nigerian military have no shame and will continue to flex their muscle against unarmed peaceful civilians while running away from engaging Boko Haram in battle in the north.
“Boko Haram are rampaging and killing lives in the north. There are overcrowded IDP camps and abandoned villages in the Arewa core north but the senseless Nigerian army are in Biafraland extorting money from motorists and committing all manner of unspeakable atrocities.”