The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has advocated self-defense against orgies of unprovoked attacks by rampaging herdsmen against agrarian communities in parts of the country, saying that the Federal Government has shown it is incapable of protecting the victims.
Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) took the position while reacting to the latest attack by herdsmen on Enugu community which left no fewer than four persons including a pregnant woman dead in its wake.
OYC in a press statement issued by its Chairman of States Chairmen, Alex Okemiri, flayed President Muhammadu Buhari for his docility over the atrocities and impunity of the killer herdsmen which have wreaked havoc in parts of the country without any one being prosecuted so far.
According to the statement, “the inability of the President to rein in his Fulani kinsmen from killing and maiming innocent Nigerians is now obvious”.
The statement read in part: “It is clear now that that Mr. President has no control of events in the country or is in cahoot with the rampaging herdsmen”.
OYC, therefore urged Southerners and Middle Belt indigenes who are mostly the victims of the senseless and barbaric killings to henceforth, defend themselves against such unwarranted attacks.
“We call on Ndigbo , Southerners, Middle Beltans and moderate Arewa people to defend themselves in the face of this continuous killings and inability of the federal government to protect them. Self-protection and preservation is the first law in haven.”
OYC further tasked the Enugu State Government to quickly set up well armed vigilante groups in all autonomous communities in the state “to engage these wicked and bloodthirsty Fulani herdsmen who are beasts in human clothing and highly uncivilised”.
The Igbo group warned that any further attack on any Igbo community by herdsmen would be vigorously resisted, saying that the patience of Igbo youths have been overstretched.
OYC debunked speculation in some quarters that its leader, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, is recruiting 2000 youths for President Buhari on October 1st against Biafra.
It advised pro- Biafra groups to leave Ohanaeze out of its challenges