As the 2019 general elections draw closer, the Nigerian Army has announced that it commence the Exercise Egwu Eke III, otherwise known as Python Dance in all parts of the country.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen Tukur Buratai stated this at a flag-off ceremony in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Friday. Buratai said the military exercise which is help to deal with security challenges during the election period would last from January 1, 2019 to February 28.
Represented by the Head of Army Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said, “Egwu Eke, which is an Igbo phrase meaning ‘Python Dance,’ was first introduced in the South-East with Egwu Eke I and II exercises executed successfully in year 2016 and 2017, respectively.
He said, “Exercise Egwu Eke III is significant because for the first time it will be conducted simultaneously across the country. It is also a reassurance of the resolve of the Nigerian Army and indeed the entire Armed Forces of Nigeria as well as other security agencies to ensure that law and order are maintained as we approach the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.”