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IPOB, other Igbo groups vow to resist plans to set up Fulani vigilante body in S’East



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Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other Igbo groups have continued to express shock over Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) revelation that it wants to establish a Fulani Youth Vigilante body in the South East.

MACBAN had made their plans known at a security summit in Enugu on Thursday, explaining that its vigilante group would help compliment other security outfits in the South East zone.

But in statement on Friday by its leader Nnamdi Kanu, outlawed IPOB group, not only condemned MACBAN for having the effrontery to make such demands, but also the South East governors for not arresting the Miyetti Allah leadership, for making such demand.

IPOB statement read in part, “I condemn in totality, both in letter and spirit the underhand agreement between South East governors and the call by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association for the establishment of Fulani Vigilante Groups in Igboland of Biafra.

“Without much ado, I wish to state  that it is extremely shocking and shameful that at a time when herders have turned to terrorists and ravaging the North, Middle Belt and Yorubaland, South East governors allowed Miyetti Allah to get away with such demand on our soil.

“It’s akin to telling someone in advance that you are coming to rob his house and he allowed you to just walk away, while pleading with you that you should reconsider. Instead of ordering their immediate arrest on the spot for daring to so brazenly reveal their intention to invade Igboland, the South East Governors appear to want to accommodate their demands.

“We are eagerly waiting for Miyetti Allah and their Fulani terror militia in Biafraland, an adventure they will regret for as long as they live.”

Also rattled by the development, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) reacted in a statement signed by its deputy president and the secretary general, Comrade Obinnna Achionye, and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, respectively.

It called on traditional rulers in the South East to understand that “an attempt to sell any hectare of land to Miyetti Allah in the South East will bring crisis in Igbo land.”

“We will make sure that not only that he traditional ruler in question will lose his staff of office but we will declare such a traditional ruler persona grata in the South East.

“We are surprised that the Miyetti Allah’s demand for the establishment of a Fulani Youth Vigilante group to compliment the effort of local vigilante group is coming at this period of rumoured fulanization agenda. We call on Ndigbo to be on the red alert.

“The ‘fulanization’ and neo colonization of the South East by the herdsmen is knocking on our door steps. Wake up from your slumber Ndigbo, Be prepared, and wait for any eventuality, Until the State House of Assemblies in the South East enact laws bringing back the dreaded Bakassi Boys, youths in the entire Igbo land should as a matter of urgency,  starting from Monday July 1, 2019, occupy all the state assemblies.

“Every state House of Assembly should enact laws to establish a new vigilante group with a special mandate to fish out armed herdsmen among the cattle rearers moving across our forests on the early hours of the day.”

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Also rattled with the MACBAN move is the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

The group’s leader, Uchenna Madu, who condemned the request by Miyetti Allah, argued that for the herders to have boldly made the demands, means that the establishment of their security vigilante is already at execution stage.

He called on Igbo leaders to recognise the potency of the pro Biafra groups and engage them in the security of lives and property of Ndigbo.

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