The President's media aide, Shehu Garba believes there is a deliberate sinister agenda by IPOB to provoke the soldiers into killing innocent people in retaliation for their violent acts.

This is in spite of the military taking all precautions to observe the rules of engagement.

He said this in a statement addressing recent crisis in the southeast region and the ongoing military operation tagged Python Dance.

He said Nnamdi Kanu plans to use “the pictures of the victims for international propaganda by way of accusing the government of ethnic cleansing against the Igbos with the sole purpose of gaining sympathy.”

“A president who has put the nation’s cash cows, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Petroleum in the hands of the Igbo; who has given four out of five states in the subregion senior cabinet posts in his administration, including Foreign Affairs; and Industry, Trade and Investment, and is constructing the Second Niger bridge after years of deceit and false starts cannot be called a hater of the Igbo,” he said.

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He also warned against the politicization of the ongoing military exercise in the South-East, which he said is in line with similar exercises in the five other geopolitical zones of the country.

On Thursday, the co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls Group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili criticized the military and the Buhari government for its biased action in the South-East.

But Mr Garba reminded her particularly that “if the Buhari administration could take tough action against the extremist religious groups in the northern parts of the country to preserve national security, it is ridiculous to accuse the President of sending soldiers to the Southeast because he hates the Igbos.

“The Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, respects all citizens and will ensure that they are safe and secure wherever they reside.”

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