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We Have no Plans to Attack Northerners Over Herdsmen Killings – IPOB

by on May 7, 2016
 
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has again, re-assured that it has no plans to attack North­erners resident in South East and South South zones as reprisal for the killings by Fulani herdsmen in the regions.
IPOB’s media and publicity officer, Emma Powerful, who gave the assurance in a press statement , said it had become necessary fol­lowing series of calls on the lead­ership of the pro-Biafra group to rescind its ultimatum to herdsmen to quit the zone.
IPOB said that its earlier po­sition never to retaliate the kill­ings of Southerners by herdsmen in line with its non- violent phi­losophy had not changed, adding that it never issued any ultima­tum asking the herdsmen to va­cate South East contrary to per­ception in certain quarters.
The statement reads in part: “It has become absolutely neces­sary due to calls from well mean­ing citizens to state publicly, that we do not have any intention, let alone, plans to attack northerners resident in the Eastern region in the name of reprisal attacks.
“We are not a violent organ­ization; we are a peace-loving mass movement, with branches in 98 countries, desirous of free­dom from a ruthless, tyrannical oppressor who has held us down for decades.
“Our prayer to be free to de­termine our future and that of our children is legitimate and divine. We don’t have any reason what­soever to attack and kill people in cold blood.
“We are not planning any attacks, we are committed to a peaceful dissolution of this pris­on, where some people errone­ously believe they are born to rule us, where there is suffering in the midst of plenty, where an unwork­able structure is imposed on 180 million people, where ethnic ha­tred reigns”.
IPOB argued that if it were to launch reprisals, it would have long retaliated the mindless kill­ings of its protesting members by security operatives in different parts of South East.
“We were mindlessly mowed down in Port Harcourt, Onit­sha Obodo-Ukwu Road, Onitsha Bridge head and while praying at a school compound in Aba. We en­dured all with equanimity.
“Those who killed and buried hundreds of our members sud­denly turned around to falsely ac­cuse us of killing 5 of their kins­men, the whole world rose in our defense. We can never get down low to kill people in cold blood. We are not animals.”
IPOB promised to maintain its non- violent posture in the struggles for self- rule.
“As we steadfastly march to­wards freedom, we hope to main­tain friendly relations and cordial trade agreements with our neigh­bors.
“We don’t plan to create a hos­tile environment for our emerging new nation.
“Moreover, it has never been our nature to attack and kill peo­ple in cold blood.
Those calling us and plead­ings with us to cancel our threats and ultimatums, should know, that we never issued any ultima­tum after the Uzo-Uwani mas­sacres.
“They should therefore di­rect their pleas to rabble rous­ers and agent provocateurs who found their voices only after the Uzo-Uwani massacre, and are merely playing to the gallery in order to be noticed.
Some of them are spon­sored by local politicians to is­sue threats and ultimatums in the hope that the presidency which has ignored them will invite them to plead with their youths to sheathe their swords. An old game they usually play in pursuit of relevance.
“When the Federal Govern­ment complied with our one and only ultimatum, about the Ugwuleshi 76, two hours before the expiration of our 72 hours or­der, these non-existent groups were dumb, deaf and mute. They suddenly forwarded their voic­es now, only to issue threats left, right and center. We are too big to flow with the madding crowd.”

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