As a result of the incessant killings by the Fulani herdsmen, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), are now working together to ensure that the “secret army” of the North (referring to the Fulani herdsmen), are pursued out of the Igbo land.
In statement endorsed and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Enugu by Uchenna Madu, MASSOB leader, said it was very important that the herdsmen who graze their livestock on lands belonging to the Igbos were advised to vacate the East and go back to their home in the North as their safety is no longer assured.
The statement said:
We can no longer tolerate the systematic killing of our people and invasion of our land in the name of cattle grazing. Seventy per cent of Fulani herdsmen in the eastern region are Northern-trained secret army assigned for devastation and secret killing of Biafrans.
MASSOB in collaboration with IPOB and other affiliates have vowed to protect Biafra land with enthusiastic spirit and motivation from foreign invaders in any disguise. As we have resolved to protect Biafra land, we warn Arewa secret army in disguise as Fulani herdsmen to concentrate on grazing with their cows as any further attack on our people shall be squarely returned.
Speaking on the on-going Biafra agitation, Mr. Uchenna described President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the futility of Biafra separation from Nigeria as the ”ranting of a frustrated man who has lost major focus on international/diplomatic politics.” He stated:
The level of Biafra actualization has gone beyond Buhari’s imagination and comprehension. As long as Ndigbo and easterners in general live, Biafra can never be subdued by Nigeria. We advise the international community to ignore Buhari’s diplomatic propaganda against Biafra.
We will continue to toe the line of non-violence in our pursuit for Biafra and will not lower our guard to continue to press for the release Nnamdi Kanu, Ben Onwuka and other pro-Biafra detainees in prisons scattered all over the country.