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Eviction notice: Hold Fulani accountable for whatever happens – IPOB elders

From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba

The Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the Fulani should be held responsible for whatever happens to the people of the South-South and South-East regions as a consequence of the eviction notice issued by a Coalition of Arewa youths.

Coalition of Arewa Youths, backed by the Northern Elders’ Forum, had on June 6, issued an ultimatum for all Igbo citizens resident in North to quit the region on or before October 1, 2017.

Describing the ultimatum as bizarre, the Council  said the idea originated from the Fulani in the North and dissociated the people of the Middle Belt and Borno State from the quit notice.

“The Council of Elders of IPOB holds the Fulani responsible for the threat, as Hausa are under dogs in the so-called Hausa-Fulani society. We hold the Fulani accountable for whatever happens to the peoples of the South-East and South-South of Nigeria as a consequence of that threat.

“Like in 1966 they will have no way of distinguishing others from Igbo, which is why all were subjected to the pogrom then. In 1966, it was marauding Hausa-Fulani, mostly, that organized the killing of easterners in Maiduguri and the Middle Belt,” a communiqué issued at the end of the council’s meeting read.

Although, the meeting was held at Owerri in Imo State under the chairmanship of Col. Joe Achuzia, a civil war veteran, the communiqué he co-signed with the secretary, Professor Chidi Osuagwu was made available to Daily Sun yesterday in Asaba.

The communiqué stated that the with experience of 1966, the eviction threat should be taken seriously as anything can happen in a state of confusion, adding: “it takes only a determined mob to create mayhem. Moreover people with feudalist mind-set are by nature self-obsessed; narcissistic, at the expense of others.”

While welcoming the condemnation of the ultimatum by the Northern Governors’ Forum and Arewa Consultative Forum among others, the IPOB elders noted with dismay that such action did not constrain the youths from repeating their threat two days later.

“The use of Arewa House as the venue for issuing the threat carries added significance as ordinary rabble-rousing youths; who are not scions of the Fulani oligarchy, cannot have easy access to such a historically important venue for such nefarious activity over the time frame involved..

“Distabilisation of the Acting Presidency of Yemi Osinbajo seems the immediate objective of the outrage at Arewa House. Anyone familiar with the influence of Al Maghili’s The Obligations of the Prince (same as Machiavelli’s) on caliphate politics will recognize that bringing the Igbo into the equation is, more likely, a smokescreen, which nevertheless is very serious indeed.

“The long term aim of the people behind this is to, through divide-and-rule tactics, isolate Igbo and project Ndigbo as the ‘Problem of Nigeria’. A national scapegoat, who should either succumb to intimidation, blackmail, internal colonialism or be mobbed like in 1966 – 1970. Yet Igbo are no problem to Nigerian neigbhours as Fulani, with their weaponised cows, are to neigbhours across West Africa,” the communiqué read.

It added that what the Igbos want self determination, adding that historically, the Igbos have been associated with the very creation and propagation of the doctrine of pan-Africanism.

It stated that Biafra as articulated in the Ahiara Declaration, is a land where every African can stand free and proud.

“This is what Ojukwu meant by Biafra-of-the-mind. Biafra is not a geography-bound phenomenon. Nigeria can become Biafra, and attractive to Biafrans, if it begins to believe in truth-justice.

“But a land of untruth and injustice, a realm of chaos as Nigeria is now, is not acceptable to Biafrans. If truth-justice and freedom are to be found only in one village called Biafra, it is still the best for Biafrans and Africa. There is limitless space for those who look up,” it added.


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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 19th June 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Republic Of Biafra fully accepted the Kaduna Declaration. Any Biafran who do not respect the Kaduna Declaration is at his or her own risk. This is about two entities- Biafra and Nigeria. Republic Of Biafra obligation is to secure everything Biafrans left behind. Any Biafran who wish to reside in northern Nigeria is free after diplomatic documentations under ECOWAS principles etc. The said IPOB group elders engagement in such irrelevant search for whom to blame is irresponsibility. The only relevant thing now is to put in place fundamental provisions for the Biafrans coming back from northern Nigeria and Biafrans in general- by Constituting Interim Biafran Government now, in which all pro-Biafra groups are represented, all present political office holders to remain in their respective positions on interim basis till election, for full operation of Republic Of Biafra, international diplomatic relations etc. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Dr. Gberindyer Fidelis 20th June 2017 at 5:32 am

    God cannot support or be with agents if destruction. The Igbos and Hausa/Fulanis are the problems of Nigeria.
    The first millitary coup in Nigeria was executed by Igbo millitary officers where the killed other tribes excluding Igbo. The Hausa/Fulani Al’s retaliated by killing Igbos living in the north exclusively.
    Again, the Igbos started civil war.

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