The Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) has warned the people of South-East not to sell their land to the Fulani herdsmen for any reason.
The secessionist group said this on Wednesday in a statement by its Media and Publicity secretary, Emma Powerful.
Stating that the herdsmen would alibi that they would use such land for agricultural projects , IPOB warned that such promises were decoys to usurp lands in the South-East for effective occupation of Igbo territory.
It said the warning was particularly directed to monarchs, presidents general, politicans, real sstate agencies and allied people, warning that they should desist from any attempt to secretly allocate community lands to herdsmen in the name of Agricultural investment or any project.
The group’s statement read in part, “The global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is illegally detained in the DSS custody and solitary confinement in Abuja wish to remind Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of Biafra freedom, all the traditional rulers and presidents general in Biafraland to desist from any plan or pressure to either sell or hand over our ancestral lands to any government or Fulani agents for any purported agricultural purposes or anything else.
“This warning has become very necessary and is mainly for all Igbo Traditional Rulers, PGs, Politicans, Real Estate Agencies and other political jobbers in Biafraland to desist from any attempt to secretly allocate community lands to Fulani herdsmen in the name of Agricultural investment or any project. The marauding Fulanis are not coming for any agricultural business rather to occupy the land with their cattles and subsequently invite their terrorist relatives from Sahel to occupy our ancestral lands in their land grabbing agenda.
“Anyone after this warnings that goes ahead to sell lands to these invaders, and we get wind of it should bear it in mind that we cannot allow Fulanis or their agents to operate on such land. The owner of the sold land will forfeit that land foverer. If you have any ongoing negotiations on land sell to Fulanis or their cronies, we advise you to cease forthwith with such arrangements.
“We can not hand over our ancestral lands to fulani invaders whose agenda is land grabbing in disguise and violent takeover in future. If you want to understand what we are preventing, study the history of Hausas in the Northern part of Nigeria.
“Hausas accepted to cohabit with Fulanis from Sahel in 18th century. These locust tribe have overran the Hausas in their Lands. Today, there is no Hausa King, Imam, Governor or political leader. Fulani has taken everything from the Hausas. Even their lands and people are not spared. They have depopulated Hausas, taken over their lands and renamed the communities to Fulani names.
“Do not sell our future generations to these locust tribe. We have a duty to preserve our generations and not to destroy them like Hausa ancestors did because of selfishness and greed of their leaders.
It added, “But after all the education from our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB and you selfishly go ahead to mortgage our race, IPOB leaders, Mbranch and ESN operatives won’t allow you to go free. IPOB is the people and the people are IPOB, we are monitoring every Community in Biafraland.
“We don’t want any RUGA or any such other name they call it in any of our territory. Our people must understand that either free or donations you are going to regret your decision to ceed any of our ancestral land to fulani for any purpose.
“At this moment, we don’t need any government sponsored Agricultural project because it may be RUGA in disguise until Fulanization agenda is buried. Fulanis have masked themselves in deception for many years until IPOB unmaskeded them.
“Both governors and traditional rulers in Biafraland should also monitor themselves to ensure this advise and order given by IPOB is strictly adhered to for our future peace. But if anyone think he or she can flout this order, that person(s) should be ready to dance to the music of ESN/IPOB. We assure you that neither you or your family will escape judgment. Outside the judgement, IPOB will convert such land recovered from the terrorist Fulani herdsmen into public use for the benefit of Biafrans.
“Let this message go round to our people in all villages and communities for maximum disemination so that no one will say he/she did not hear or did not know. Please inform those getting themselves into this suicide mission of land selling to the Caliphate of the heavy consequence awaiting them.’