By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said no intimidation would make it to surrender its fight for an independent Biafra nation.
It described the proscription of its activities by the South-east governors as well as the recent declaration of the army that the group is now a terrorist organisation as a nullity and of no effect on it.
The group in a statement made available to journalists in Awka, Anambra State by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, wondered why herdsmen that hadÂ severally wreaked havoc in different parts of the country had not been declared a terrorist organisation.
It accused the federal government of having a secret agenda to exterminate the Igbo race, adding that the Abia State Commissioner of Police was playing a rehearsed script.
The group said: â€œIt is also on record that till date, no police commissioner or governor in the South-east or South-south has dared to rise up against the fourth deadliestÂ terrorist group in the world we know as Fulani herdsmen.
â€œWhen Fulani herdsmen attacked Enugu, Anambra,Â Ebonyi and Abia States, none of the police commissioners in these various states or any of these governors now supporting genocide against their people ever uttered a word in opposition.
â€œ82 Division of the Nigerian Army at Enugu, a mere 13 kilometers from whereÂ Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated weaponry attacked innocent villagers, did not rise up to aid Enugu people.Â
â€œThey did not storm the hideout or known settlements of Fulani herdsmen in Enugu. There was no stop and search of Fulani people. There were no arbitrary arrests of Fulani men. Fulani women were not carted off to be raped and dehumanised by Nigerian soldiers.
â€œFulani leaders and Arewa North never rose up in condemnation of Fulani herdsmen.Â The group vowed to continue its struggle irrespective of the intimidations, adding that in the end, governors in the South-east would regret their action of fighting their own people.
The group added: â€œWe must not stop to let the police and Nigeria DHQ know that Biafra restoration project led by Nnamdi Kanu cannot be moved or deterred by any threats or killing of unarmed innocent civilian populations.â€
It added: â€œWe also want to let them understand that they donâ€™t have the power to declare the peaceful and nonviolent IPOB a terrorist organisation. It is unfortunate that the Nigerian police and DHQ cannot differentiate between freedom fighting and terrorism.â€Â