Biafran separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the current mindless killings and unprovoked attacks on South Eastern communities by Fulani herdsmen were long predicted by its detained leader, and Director of Biafra Radio, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a press statement yesterday, said although Kanu had warned against the grave implications of Muhammadu Bunari’s presidency, many people did not take him seriously.
The pro-Biafra group strongly condemned the bloodbath at Uzo-Uwani by Fulani herdsmen who killed over 40 persons there, saying this was part of the reasons the agitation for Biafra was renewed.
The statement read: “As they campaign vigorously for elections, you would think, they are coming to grow the economy, enthrone justice, breed unity and tolerance, love for one another.
“No, they are coming to enthrone Hausa/Fulani supremacy, to reposition the security agencies by sacking all competent hands and replace them with their kinsmen in order to drive their ethnic domination of the south. The Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impurity and their masters will protect them.
“They are coming to ensure that my people are enslaved forever. Those who do not believe me will soon see it happen before their eyes.
“The Fulani will take over the entire south as a continuation of their age-long agenda to Islamize Eastern Nigeria. They will brazenly seize our land in pretence of creating grazing fields for the Fulani. Then the conquest will be complete, we will become their serfs forever.”
The statement further quoted Kanu as saying before the 2015 elections that: “Between Jonathan and Buhari, none is good for us. Freedom remains our only option, Jonathan is weak and confused, Buhari is a tyrant, who will destroy the land with his parochial view point.
“His kinsmen will take over the military and the security architecture of the land. Christians and Easterners will become endangered species; He will use the security apparatus to advance the agenda of his ethnic group. My people will suffer”.
According to IPOB, Kanu had also predicated that a group deadlier than Boko Haram would be unleashed to the South to destabilise Eastern people and economy.
“Then a group deadlier than Boko Haram will emerge, they will seize our farmland, rape our women, kill our people and their master will protect, defend and even arm them, because their sole agenda is to enslave us forever.
“Those who cannot see it now, will soon see it. The hatred in their souls for my people is legendary. They do not see us as humans. They kill, they slaughter, they burn and they destroy. Mindless bloodletting is in their DNA. My people are in trouble”, Kanu was quoted as having said then.
“We can only add that he forgot to inform the world before his unjust arrest and detention, that the DSS would falsely accuse us of killing 5 Fulani who they vehemently refused to take newsmen to the graves to confirm the veracity of the claims if any”, Powerful added.
IPOB, however, said it would not retaliate the unwarranted attacks on South Eastern communities by Fulani herdsmen, insisting that no amount of temptation will make it compromise its non-violent stance in the struggles for independence.