David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) has boasted that only the group can truly defend the south east from the attacks of marauding herdsmen.
The group, in a press statement signed by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, called on the south east governors to champion a reverse of the proscription order by the group, son that it can help secure the people in the case big attacks.
It expressed fear that after the herdsmen were done dealing with Benue State, they may come down east, and that they would be need to have a group like IPOB, which can fend off such attacks.
Part of the press statement sent to THISDAY in Awka reads, “Going by unfolding events and the imminent danger of attack by Fulani terror herdsmen in the South East and South South, it has become imperative for concerned citizens to compel Gov. Dave Umahi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Rochas Okorocha, Willie Obiano and Ohaneze Ndigbo to reverse their public proscription of IPOB or else they would be held responsible for any major herdsmen attack anywhere in the South East or other parts of Biafraland.
â€œWe are hereby placing all Biafran ethnic nationalities on record, especially the Igbos, that the criminal conspiracy to proscribe IPOB by South East governors in collaboration with Ohaneze Ndigbo was hatched to aid the Fulani invasion and conquest of Igboland.
â€œBy proscribing IPOB and aiding the indiscriminate arrest, torture, murder and detention of IPOB family members at the hands of Fulani law enforcement officers, these Igbo governors working alongside Ohaneze Ndigbo literally sacrificed Igboland and the lives of thousands of Igbo people to the marauding herdsmen.
â€œThey not only opened the door for the invaders to come in, they knowingly aided the slaughter of hundreds if not thousands of innocent people in their quest to please their Fulani masters. Interestingly enough, the same Arewa leaders that prevailed upon Igbo governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo to proscribe IPOB have so far refused to proscribe their own Fulani terror herdsmen that are doing the killings in the South East, Middle Belt and other parts of Southern Nigeria. How perverse is that?
â€œBefore the murderous invasion of the home of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Isiama Afaraukwu on the 14th of September 2017 by Nigerian soldiers acting on the instructions of South East governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo, it was common knowledge that the menace of Fulani terrorists was a distant memory. IPOB quietly and effectively checkmated their activities across the length and breadth of Biafraland. We repelled the terrorists and stopped them in their tracks in Delta and Enugu State on six separate occasions without fanfare.
â€œThat there weren’t any Fulani terror herdsmen attacks throughout the period our leader was touring Biafraland was down to the excellent work IPOB did in our communities to keep it safe from herdsmen attacks. Since the invasion of our leader’s home and his abduction by Nigerian soldiers, followed by the hasty and illegal proscription of IPOB by Igbo governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo, Fulani herdsmen has been emboldened to attack outlying villages with impunity.
â€œThe most distressing aspect of it is that these governors have no solution to curb the menace. There has been more than four reported attacks in Ebonyi State alone in recent times to which Gov. Dave Umahi have appeared impotent to do anything about. Instead he is advocating for the establishment of Fulani cattle colonies in Ebonyi State all because he wants to be a Vice Presidential candidate to a northerner,â€ the group said.