Insecurity: Don’t push us into armed struggle, IPOB warns FG, Army
Written by Esther Omonegbe on February 13, 2020
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, warned that it should not be provoked into carrying arms by the Federal Government and its armed forces by firing gun shots in Afaraukwu Umuahia, tomorrow, during the burial of the parents of their leader, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife, Sally Mmeme.
This came as South-East governors, traditional rulers and other stakeholders, yesterday, arose from a security summit in Enugu with the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, asking the Inspector General of Police to tell President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen as terrorists, saying they are dangerous.
IPOB’s Warned the army against pushing it to armed struggle, IPOB said it had remained peaceful in the face of attacks by the Nigerian Army and the Police, but has been receiving daily threats from the Nigerian Army and Police, on their planned massacre of innocent mourners on Friday February 14, 2020.
It said: “We are, therefore, placing the world on notice that the floodgates of hell will be opened should the Army or Police appear anywhere around Afaraukwu on the day of the burial. We noticed that Nigerian government is hell-bent on provoking us into armed struggle that will inevitably start the violent disintegration of Nigeria.
“We equally discovered a grand plan by some politicians and socio cultural leaders, offering financial support to soldiers in Obinze, Imo State; Ohafia and Asa, Abia State; Abakiliki and Onitsha in Ebonyi and Anambra States, respectively in readiness for their deadly deployment to Umuahia.
“We are, however, not worried about the plan, because the era of Nigerian Army and Police shooting innocent mourners in Biafraland has come to an end, and if they try it again, they will see the sterner stuff IPOB is made of.
“Were are aware that the Nigerian Army and Police have perfected plans to disrupt the burial of Eze Kanu and his wife, but if they go ahead to carry out any disruptive activity at that burial, it will set-off a chain reaction from IPOB, that Nigeria will never recover from.”
Speaking at the South-East Security Summit, Archbishop Chukwuma said President Buhari had been pampering herdsmen despite atrocities they have been committing across the country. Bishop Chukwuma who was flanked by other religious leaders, told the Inspector General of Police: “Please, help us tell Mr. President to declare the herdsmen terrorists in this country.
He has pampered them enough. They are dangerous. Our people cannot go to farm again. “We are religious leaders and we are saying that what is happening in our country today is very much devastating. Before now, internal security was in the hands of police and external for the soldiers.
“Before, you don’t see soldiers on the street but because security has gone out of hand and police was becoming inefficient and inadequate, soldiers are coming in to help. “The worst of it now is that today, Rev Fathers are being kidnapped; religious leaders are in danger and church premises are now in trouble, we begin to ask ourselves: why is it so? “If this should continue this way and we pray and God sends his angels down, Nigeria will be in confusion.
So we want to appeal to you to help us in this strategic effort for peace to reign in our community. “Because of the inadequacy of the situation, I wish that the community policing will address the issues.
Again, this issue of a rich man having 20 policemen in his home because he is rich should stop; it is making them inadequate to provide security for the masses. Road blocks “The number of roadblocks in the South-East is alarming. From Enugu to Awka, you will meet over 17 checkpoints with police and soldiers and you cannot find such in other zones.
Why is our own different from others? “We are ready to partner with you but you must recognise the traditional rulers and religious leaders to help you out and make your strategy a successful one and stop people from being violent. “Tell the herdsmen to stop harassing and kidnapping our leaders.
We don’t have money but the grace of God. I want to make it clear, if the so-called herdsmen continue this way, we are not going to take it lightly with them, we will take our own measure and deal with them spiritually and physically.”