IPOB Press Statement

Having waited for many years for our governors to secure our land as Yoruba governors did to no avail, we the people of the East comprising of South-East and South-South have resolved to defend our land from the ravages of Fulani terrorism and extra judicial killings by the Zoo armed forces. We can’t allow what happened in Obigbo to repeat itself.

It has fallen on this generation to defend our land against the ravages of Fulani terrorism and the hegemonic tendencies of Janjaweedism. For years our mothers have not been able to visit their farms for fear of being raped and cut to pieces. Our invaders, some of them from Senegal-Gambia according to El-Rufai are in our villages raping and killing at will. Our response to the endless cycle of insecurity.

Delta State Government has inaugurated Operation Delta Hawk, a new security outfit in the classic fragmented approach of the East to issues of national importance. The West were united in their effort to combat Fulani terrorism in their territory, even Miyetti Allah, an open supporter of murderous Fulani herdsmen had the guts to float a vigilante outfit the spread to every nook and cranny of Nigeria with the support of the Presidency and Northern governors. But in our land, Ifeanyi Okowa and other governors in the East cowardly allowed themselves to become fragmented out of fear of displeasing their Janjaweed masters.

I recall what Chinedu Euranius Ibegbulem wrote, he said “the only way to eat an elephant is to cut it into pieces”. The approach of eastern governors to the issue of insecurity and Fulani terrorism is indicative of the mindset of a divided and conquered people. The pathetic, cowardly and fragmented approach to this great threat to our existence is the result of years of cruel and deliberate partitioning of our land, cutting Igboland into 5 inconsequential states, dividing us and calling us alien names like Niger Delta, South-South, South-East and goodness knows what else.

We have allowed ourselves to become willing tools of the caliphate in our own destruction. Some foolish Igbo people have been cajoled and intimidated to the point where they deny their own identity. For example, Nwike who is now Wike decided to massacre his own people at Obigbo for the reward of being named vice presidential candidate to Tambuwal in 2023. Igbo people were fooled into adding “R” to their Igbo names thereby changing the sound and its meaning.

Therefore, if you’re weeping for the bloodletting in Northern Nigeria, the East and the West……hear this: First, I speak as a human being who is possessed of a compatriot spirit with suffering humans everywhere. Second, I speak as a witness to the sufferings of Biafrans at the hands of their Nigerian compatriots, all to the point that instead of waning, our resolve for a separate State has been strengthened and cast in stone.

Today I present to the world our first and last line of defense against Fulani Janjaweed inspired murderous anarchy and mayhem across the entire Middle Belt & South. The Eastern Security Network is here to bring to an end years of Fulani Miyetti Allah terrorism in our land. This security outfit, modelled along the lines of Amotekun in the West & Miyetti Allah vigilante group in the North, will provide the entire East (South-South & South-East) with the necessary assurance that crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, illegal occupation of our forests and river banks by marauding killers from the Sahel is brought to an end with immediate effect.

Every ethnic group across Biafraland is well represented in this formation therefore I am confident that every city, town and village will be protected from the ravages of Fulani terrorism in whatever guise it manifests itself.

Now, what’s my story? Just days ago, Fulani Muslims – yes, Fulanis, whether herdsmen or Miyetti Allah FUNAM, Boko Haram, ISWAP murdered almost 100 rice farmers (reportedly all Christians) in cold blood in Borno State.

Am I upset? Yes. Am I grieving? You bet, I am. But am I feeling funny and a bit disconnected from it all? Yes, I am feeling not only funny and disconnected but I am also feeling that this whole mourning, outrage and anger about these killings is insincere, duplicitous, and profoundly lacking in stark appreciation of history, ancient history and importantly recent history.

You might ask: What history? It is a very dark, hideous history banned by those who rose to power on the ashes of a genocide they themselves committed.

It is a history banned in schools out of a sense of denial; yet it is a history still accessible to anybody and everybody. In substance, it’s a history of blood, of massacres, of genocide, and of pogroms unpunished; and other evils untold.

It is a history of a Nigeria where Biafrans have largely borne the brunt of massacres and genocide since 1945 at the hands of Fulanis, assisted by some other Nigerian tribes, including the very Northern Christians that were just massacred just days ago.

On the other trajectory, it is a history of so-called confluence of ‘one North’ against the East. Now it is repeating itself but in new ways that have driven Fulani Islamists and their allies to turn on their “northern brothers”.

It is also a history that is on a constant rollercoaster. Yes, a rollercoaster where – in 1966, 67, 68, and 69 to 70, you gleefully joined in the massacre of your Eastern brethren that did nothing to you.

You stupidly joined in committing genocide dishonestly called a civil war to “unite” Nigeria; to unite a Nigeria that is now massacring you that largely bore the brunt of the uniting that was executed in blood; needless blood … of millions of children and innocents.

Now, that history is repeating itself before your very eyes. That history has been brought to your own side of the town.

Now, you weep. Did you weep for Eastern Nigeria; Did you weep for the Igbo, for the Efik, for the Anang, for the Ijaw and the other tribes that made up Eastern Nigeria? Did you weep for Biafra? If you didn’t, your weeping now is a lie.

Weeping must come with some honesty; weeping must be well-deserved; otherwise it’s called ‘crocodile tears’.

You killed my father, my younger brother, my beautiful cousin (after raping her untold), thinking they’re all Igbos; or you knew they were not but you killed them anyway because they came from the East, lived in Borno beside you and spoke Igbo. You didn’t care that they also spoke Hausa or even Fulfulde

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