The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in a statement on Saturday yesterday in Awka through its Media representative, Chinedu Asuzu, alleged that the suspected Fulani herdsmen who killed about 50 of their kinsmen in Enugu State are Boko Haram members with the sole agenda of Islamizing Southern Nigeria.
IPOB insisted that the attack at Uzo-Uwani in Enugu state few days ago was the worst and most horrific in Igbo land and advocated for formation of special vigilantes across Igbo land to forestall further occurrence.
The statement read thus: “The attacks by the Islamic fundamentalists and Boko Haram warriors camouflaged as “Fulani herdsmen” have reached our land.
“Those people killed by the Fulani herdsmen were among the claimants in the ongoing case between Biafra and Nigeria in the Federal High Court Owerri, Suit No FHC/OW/CS/192/2013. They were my clients. The Federal Government with its army and police could not protect our people. It is now necessary that we should protect ourselves.
“Fortunately, the law recognizes the use of self-defence against an aggressor and we still have our Customary Security Personnel called “Ndi Nche” which works under the Supreme Council of Elders. We should therefore instruct all our able-bodied men and women to join Ndi Nche and defend our land against Boko Haram. The Umuada of the Igbo Nation should join Ndi Nche and play their historical gallantry role in defending our land.
“The use of Ndi Nche Security Personnel is lawful under the Customary Law. It is equivalent to the Islamic Police called HISBA which operates in the North under the Sharia Law. Both the Sharia Law and Customary Law are recognised by the Nigerian Constitution.
“We heard that the Governor of Enugu State had declared a period for fasting and prayer. That is good but not good enough. There is time to pray and time for action. This is the time for action while the prayer-warriors are on their knees. When the Bible says ‘Resist the devil and he will flee from you,’ it means resisting the evil ones. We must resist the evil that has entered into our land both by prayer and by action – fire for fire!
“The LORD Jesus Christ commanded us to turn the other cheek if slapped on one side of the cheek. We have obeyed Him. They have slapped us on the two cheeks and there is no more cheek remaining to be turned. As the two cheeks have finished, they have slapped us on the face and Jesus did not say we should turn our back. It is now fire for fire; resist the evil and he will flee from you. These murderers are evil and must be resisted.
“Please note that we are not resisting the Federal Government of Nigeria but the Boko Haram Militants camouflaging as Fulani Herdsmen.”