Biafran separatist group, the Indigenous People of Bi­afra (IPOB) has said that the current mindless killings and unprovoked attacks on South East­ern communities by Fulani herds­men were long predicted by its de­tained leader, and Director of Biafra Radio, Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a press statement yesterday, said although Kanu had warned against the grave implications of Muham­madu Bunari’s presidency, many people did not take him seriously. The pro-Biafra group strongly condemned the bloodbath at Uzo-Uwani by Fulani herdsmen who killed over 40 persons there, saying this was part of the reasons the agi­tation for Biafra was renewed. The statement read: “As they campaign vigorously for elec­tions, you would think, they are coming to grow the economy, en­throne justice, breed unity and tol­erance, love for one another. “No, they are coming to enthrone Hausa/Fulani supremacy, to reposi­tion the security agencies by sacking all competent hands and replace them with their kinsmen in order to drive their ethnic domination of the south. 

The Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impurity and their masters will protect them. “They are coming to ensure that my people are enslaved forever. Those who do not believe me will soon see it happen before their eyes. “The Fulani will take over the en­tire south as a continuation of their age-long agenda to Islamize Eastern Nigeria. They will brazenly seize our land in pretence of creating grazing fields for the Fulani. Then the con­quest will be complete, we will be­come their serfs forever.” 

The statement further quoted Kanu as saying before the 2015 elec­tions that: “Between Jonathan and Buhari, none is good for us. Free­dom remains our only option, Jona­than is weak and confused, Buhari is a tyrant, who will destroy the land with his parochial view point. “His kinsmen will take over the military and the security architec­ture of the land. Christians and Easterners will become endangered species; He will use the security ap­paratus to advance the agenda of his ethnic group. My people will suffer”. 

According to IPOB, Kanu had also predicated that a group dead­lier than Boko Haram would be un­leashed to the South to destabilise Eastern people and economy. “Then a group deadlier than Boko Haram will emerge, they will seize our farmland, rape our wom­en, kill our people and their master will protect, defend and even arm them, because their sole agenda is to enslave us forever. “Those who cannot see it now, will soon see it. The hatred in their souls for my people is legendary. 

They do not see us as humans. They kill, they slaughter, they burn and they destroy. Mindless bloodletting is in their DNA. My people are in trouble”, Kanu was quoted as having said then. “We can only add that he forgot to inform the world before his un­just arrest and detention, that the DSS would falsely accuse us of kill­ing 5 Fulani who they vehemently refused to take newsmen to the graves to confirm the veracity of the claims if any”, Powerful added. IPOB, however, said it would not retaliate the unwarranted attacks on South Eastern communities by Fulani herdsmen, insisting that no amount of temptation will make it compromise its non-violent stance in the struggles for independence.



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