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IPOB Hails Igbo Governors Over Open Grazing Ban



Insulting to be compared with herdsmen

The Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, IPOB has hailed Igbo governors over the ban on open grazing in the Southeast.

The group has vowed to deploy its Eastern Security Network, ESN to effect the order at the end of its 14 days notice to herdsmen in the region.

In a rare praise of the Southeast governors, IPOB said it received the news of the governors’ inclination with delight. It said that besides the dangers and losses to farmers in the region that it was untenable for Northern states to destroy the beer business of Igbo in the North and at the same time use their herdsmen to trample upon their farms.

The statement obtained by the group’s spokesman and obtained by GWG read thus:

“We the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to salute the courage of South East Governors for heeding our Leader’s call to ban open grazing in the region. We received with delight the news of a statement credited to the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi, to the effect that open grazing has been banned in all states of the zone.

“IPOB wishes to acknowledge the wisdom of the governors to respect the people’s will for the first time. If the governors had not been seized by  useless fear and trepidation over the Fulani before now, our region wouldn’t have been in this mess.

We therefore, want to aver, and assure the governors that our gallant Eastern Security Network, ESN, will ensure strict enforcement of the ban which is also in line with a subsisting but neglected judicial pronouncement in 1969. At the expiration of the two-week ultimatum already issued by our Leader for open grazing to end in Biafra land, IPOB and ESN will move in to deal with any herder flouting the law.

Even as IPOB haled the Igbo governors over the ban on open grazing, the group said it would deploy its operatives to enforce the ban.

“Since the law enforcement agents are too weak or have wittingly failed to enforce the ban, we can no longer afford to sit idly and watch the wanton  destruction of lives and crops of our people. ESN will do the needful. We shall no longer allow law breakers to have a field day after inflicting physical and economic harm on innocent victims.

“The 12 Northern Muslim States already have their Hisbah police enforcing their Sharia law yet they claim Nigeria is one.  Alcoholic beverages worth millions of Naira belonging to Biafrans doing their legitimate business in those states have been callously destroyed by these overzealous elements and nothing happened. Yet some wicked mortals masquerading as herders are daily openly grazing their cattle on our farms, kidnapping our folks for ransom, killing and rapping our mothers and sisters. The security agents not only show blind eye to these unimaginable criminality but sometimes provide cover for the perpetrators.

Just as IPOB hailed the Igbo governors over the ban on open grazing, the group served notice on herders in the region to heed its deadline to stop the practise of open grazing.

“We, therefore, wish to remind all herders in Biafra land that the era of occupying our forests and grazing on our farms is gone. They have to vacate our forests and relocate to cities where other human beings live.

“Wandering about with cows can no longer be tolerated on Biafra soil. Anyone interested in cattle rearing will either build a ranch as obtains in civilized societies or leave Biafra land. Do not say you are not warned!

“We advise all herdsmen in Biafra land irrespective of their tribe to restrict themselves to the law of the land or relocate to regions where open grazing is allowed. Our patience will elapse after the expiration date of the 14-day ultimatum by our Leader.”

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