The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has confirmed its commitment to the earlier declared resolution to prohibit Fulani herdsmen’s cows from the southeast beginning in April 2022.
The decision was made to safeguard the residents of the region, not out of animosity for the Fulani ethnic group, according to the organization.
IPOB issued the reminder in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Monday, in which the group also accused some individuals of attempting to blackmail it over its decision to prohibit the movement and consumption of Fulani cows.
The statement, however, stated that there is no turning back and that people in the southeast should begin looking for alternatives because the federal government has demonstrated its failure to protect residents in the region from Fulani herdsmen assaults.
IPOB declared the prohibition on Fulani cows and the reciting of the National Anthem in schools in the southeast area in January 2022, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
Traditional authorities, clergy, and local unions were instructed to make sure the word got to the people.
The group announced on Monday that the April 2022 deadline for the ban to take effect is still in place.
We wish to reaffirm that our prior decision to restrict the movement and eating of Fulani cows in Biafra land, effective April 2022, is sacred,” the IPOB statement adds.
“We also want to clear up the falsehoods and misunderstandings about our position on the topic that our adversaries are using to blackmail us.”
“First and foremost, the decision was made as a last choice after many years of tolerance with Fulani herdsmen’s unprovoked genocidal attacks on our villages, and the failure of Nigeria’s double-faced security authorities to reign in the rampaging Fulani mass murderers.
“We have had enough of the Federal Government’s docility and criminal silence in safeguarding our neighborhoods from death.
“We have chosen to cease consuming these cursed Fulani cows, which have now become a source of pain and death, because their cows are the reason the jihadists are slaying our people, ruining our crops, rapping our women, and kidnapping our men for ransom.”
“It’s better that we survive and don’t eat Fulani cows than that we want to eat them and die.”
“The world should take note that, prior to making this IRREVERSIBLE decision, we made several appeals to the federal government and security agencies to stop the Fulani from carrying out their atrocities in our country, but they turned a blind eye, leaving our helpless communities at the mercy of these death messengers.”
“Our patience has been pushed past its breaking point.” We can no longer afford to fold our arms and wait for terrorists posing as ranchers to slay the last guy on Biafra territory.
“Our people waste huge sums of money on cow meat every year, up to N3 billion, and we will not allow this to continue. We will encourage those with money to start breeding our local cows (Efi Igbo) and other farming, and IPOB will support them to succeed in the farming and animal husbandry business.”
“If you are a Biafran trading in Fulani cows in Biafraland, you should search for an alternative now because after April this year, we will not spear any inch regarding herdsmen animals, don’t claim we didn’t warn you.”
For the wise, a single word suffices.”
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