Soyinka urges caution over Nigerian Army’s declaration of Operation Python Dance/Crocodile Smile
to be cautious in its activities following its declaration of
Operations Python Dance and Crocodile Smile in some sections of the
Professor Soyinka gave this charge at the University of Ibadan, Oyo
State, while speaking during the activities marking the 50th
anniversary of the death of popular poet, Christopher Okigbo, who died
while fighting on the Biafran side during the Nigerian civil war in
dehumanisation of the civilian population by the military was
beginning to creep back into the nation, urged the Federal Government
and the military hierarchy to tread with caution while dealing with
“There has to be a way out of a repeat of war, but we are reaching a
stage whereby, likes of Christopher Okigbo, are putting their lives
on the line again, which can lead to terrible consequences.
humiliate and dehumanise innocent citizens in their communities, this
is an area the military can focus more on,” Professor Soyinka said.
late Okigbo, lamented that he didn’t understand why the poet joined
the Biafran army and fought in a war which has changed nothing.
“The fact that the issues that led to the war 50 years ago are
creeping up again today, means that the war was just a waste; we can’t
afford to fight another war, but government can address all that
through restructuring,” Professor Clark said.