The Ohanaeze Youth council (OYC) on Friday called on Ndigbo and all Nigerians in communities being targeted by the marauding herdsmen to adopt the strategy of self-defence.
The call was made following the latest attack by in Ndiagu Attakwu-Akagbeugwu community of Enugu State, where a Catholic seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor was killed and four others injured including a pregnant woman.
The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in condemning the attack called on communities affected to defend themselves as it has become clear that Mr. President has no control of events in the country.
“This is becoming one incident too many and we want President Buhari to rein in his Fulani kinsmen from killing and maiming innocent Nigerians. The Fulani Herdsmen have continued to unleash terror on all parts of the country despite the assurances by Mr President that it would stop.
“We therefore, call on Ndigbo, southerners, Middle beltans and moderate Arewa people to defend themselves in the face of this continuous killings and inability of the Federal Government to protect them. Self -protection and preservation is the first law of nature.”
The group also urged the Enugu State government to act like the Abia Governor and set up a well-armed vigilante groups in all autonomous communities in Enugu State to engage “these blood thirsty Fulani herdsmen.”
Suspected Fulani herdsmen numbering about 50, reportedly Ndiagu Attakwu-Akagbeugwu community of Enugu State, on Thursday killing a Catholic seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor and slit the stomach of a six months pregnant woman, identified as Mrs. Nwarum in the operation that started at about 2.15 am.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has blamed Igbo leaders for “this unchallenged confrontations, unwarranted and cowardice killings of our people by Fulani herdsmen in our own land.”
In a statement issued by its leader, Uchenna Madu, the movement expressed dismay over the stance of the governors of the zone on the herdsmen attack, insisting that “until Igbo leaders wake up from their slumbers of inferiority complex and understand the efficiency, efficacy and potencies of Igbo-based grassroot organisations including the Biafra agitating groups.