The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide, have vowed to make sure every erring pastoralists caught moving with cows from one Community to the other in any part of South-East, will taste the full Weight of the Igbo people.
The group gave this warning in a press statement signed and made available to journalists by the President General of the group, Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
Isiguzoro, said their attention was drawn to the comments of the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bodejo, that South-East Governors and Ohanaeze wanted to divide Nigeria over the pronouncement of ban on herdsmen.
He therefore said the Miyetti Allah group should be held responsible for the breakdown of peace in South Eastern part of the country.
He further stated that rearing of cattle remains a private business and he charged Miyetti Allah to adhere strictly to the rules of the South-East Governors, on the ban of pastoralists movement of cattle by foot.
The OYC however, asked Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, leadership to tender an unreserved apology to the South-East Governors or face arrest for using hate speech and provocative remarks capable of truncating peaceful environment in the South-East.
The statement reads: “Our attention is drawn to the vituperations and misguided comments of one Abdullahi Bodejo, the President of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, over his wild but bogus claims, that Fulani is the largest ethnic groups and every Governor in Nigeria especially the South-East should carve out an area for the Fulani in their respective States to settle and raise their cows.
“That South-East Governors and Ohanaeze want to divide Nigeria over the pronouncement of ban on herdsmen conveyance of cattle by foot, and the war declared on erring pastoralists caught up trespassing from one Community to another by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide is unacceptable, and Miyetti Allah Kautel Hole President claims that our bushes don’t belong to Igbos.
“We wish to categorically state, that Fulani tribe is one of the few minority ethnic groups in Nigeria, irrespective of their dominance over some ethnic groups in the North.
“it’s on record that Igbos are found in all the clans across 774 LGAs of Nigeria, and a future credible census will put an end to the bogus claims of Abdullahi Bodejo, with Igbos all over Nigeria,we have never ascribed to carving out Land demands from the host Governors outside South East, or using threats and hate speeches to acquire lands for our businesses.
“Rearing of cattle remains a private business and should adhere to the strict rules of South-East Governors on the ban of pastoralists movement of cattle by foot, and wish to remind Miyetti Allah that the bushes forests and farmlands belongs to Igbo speaking people of South East and erring pastoralists caught up moving with cows from Community to Community from Monday 9/9/19, will taste the full Wrath of Igbos, and Miyetti Allah should be held responsible for daring peace-loving people of South East.
“South-East Governors and Ohanaeze will never bring policies that will divide Nigeria, but the recent 1700 forests guards in Enugu, had panicked Miyetti Allah Kautel Hole leadership, and soon the nefarious activities of the murderous herdsmen masquerading as pastoralists had been put on check with the recent ban on herdsmen by South-East Governors.
“We have finalized arrangements for the five South-East State house of Assemblies to enact laws on the ban on open grazing so that full weight of the law will descend on any erring pastoralists caught up trespassing from one Community to Community.
He therefore said Miyetti Allah Kautel Hole leadership should tender an unreserved apology to the South-East Governors or should be arrested for hate remarks capable of truncating peaceful environment in the South East and provocative wish to remind Miyetti Allah that the bushes forests and farmlands belongs to Igbo speaking people of South East and erring pastoralists caught up moving with cows from Community to Community from Monday 9/9/19, will taste the full Wrath of Igbos, and Miyetti Allah should be held responsible for daring peace-loving people of South East.
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