The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has kicked against the commencement of ‘Operation Crocodile Smile VI’ in the region.
The coalition in a statement issued on Thursday by its President-General, Goodluck Ibem, described the move as ill-timed and ill-advised.
Ibem held that the commencement of the operation was a calculated attempt to use brute force in administering a peaceful region.
“Such operations by the Army usually end in cutting our youths in the name and under the pretext of security enforcement. The infamous operation Python Dance or Egwu Eke, in 2017, still haunts the collective memory of Southeast youth to this day,” the statement partly read.
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“The Army should rather focus its operation in Borno State and other northern states where Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents have taken root. We are convinced that there could be sinister motives by the Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile VI in the Southeast and Southsouth.
“We advise the Army to take its Operation Crocodile Smile Vl to Borno, Katsina, Adamawa and other northern states ravaged by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits. The Southeast is not in any war and is very peaceful; it is totally out of place to bring in the Army to a peaceful locality,” the South East coalition added.