The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday hailed governors of the South-East region, for banning open grazing and other related activities of the Fulani herdsmen in Igboland.
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, who is also the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, announced the ban on open grazing.
Reacting, IPOB, in a statement through its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, said; “We, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, 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, therefore, want to aver and assure the governors that our gallant Eastern Security Network 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.
“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.
“We 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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