Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, on Monday described the Igbos as “the
most truthful, committed and trust -worthy people but often
misunderstood in the country.’’
Speaking when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in
Government House, Owerri, Mr. Okorocha said that Imo had witnessed
tremendous progress under his leadership.
He described Imo as as “one of the safest states’’ in Nigeria, where
there was no more kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and baby factory
He attributed the relative peace and security in the state to the
efforts of the security agencies, especially the Nigerian army.
He commended the military for the successes being recorded in the
fight against insurgency and terrorism in the North East.
He noted that such successes had not been achieved in Syria and other
parts of the world battling terrorism.
Mr. Okorocha also commended the army for the “Exercise Crocodile
Smile” and newly introduced “Exercise Python Dance” in the South-South
and South-East zone.
He urged the security agencies to do whatever they could to secure the
pipelines to enable free flow of oil to generate revenue for the
He promised to continue to support the army.
Earlier, Mr. Buratai told the governor that he was in the state for
the 2018 Chief of Army Staff Conference.
He told the governor that “Python Dance” was a training exercise to
update troops in the South- East on ther rudiments and basics of their
Mr. Buratai said that during the conference the army would offer free
medical services to the people of the state. (NAN)

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