Sequel to the recent spasms of killings by Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Nigeria, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in collaboration with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have directed all cattle rustlers engaged in pastoral activities to retreat to the northern part of the country as their safety can longer be guaranteed.
A joint statement, signed by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu and made available to newsmen in Enugu on Sunday, suggested that the two bodies were working in conjunction to chase Fulani herdsmen which they referred to as “secret army” of the north.
Madu 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 Biafra agitation, the MASSOB leader described President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on the futility of Biafra secession from Nigeria as the, ”ranting of a frustrated man who has lost major focus on international/diplomatic politics.
“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”.