The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that two governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decided to hand over some lands in their states to herdsmen. The allegation was made on Sunday by Emma Powerful, the national publicity secretary, of the group.
The group, however, refused to reveal the identities of the governors and said irrespective of the treacherous activities of these governors that IPOB will not abandon it’s “critical task of confronting terrorists in our forests and bushes in order to frustrate the deceptive governors.”
IPOB also alleged that the plans by the governors were part of the now suspended Ruga programme,
The statement had read in part:
“It has come to the knowledge of the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that two PDP governors in the South-East have concluded arrangements to hand over our land in three senatorial zones to terror herdsmen as part of their clandestine RUGA implementation programme in the East.
“We have also discovered that one of the governors, along with some traditional rulers and president-general of some communities, also connived and handed over a land belonging to communities of his state to terrorists and their cattle.
“The said land has been in dispute for years between the two communities, but now the governor has forcefully taken these ancestral lands and handed them over to the same terror herdsmen responsible for hacking to death of dozens of indigenes in many parts of the state without any reprimand.
“The message South-East governors are sending out is that terrorists are welcomed to kill Biafrans at will and get rewarded with land for their settlement.
“Instead of apprehending and prosecuting these marauding murderers, the governor has instead, empowered them by giving them a Ruga settlement in his state, while publicly claiming he has not done so.
“This level of deception from South-East governors have placed the entire Biafraland in danger of wholesale herdsmen invasion. We, IPOB, cannot be dying and placing our lives in danger on a daily basis across Biafraland, fighting well-armed terrorists with our bare hands, only to have deceptive governors undermining our noble effort.
“Anybody related to these governors or other slaves in government houses in the East must warn them to desist from their suicidal undertaking to hand over our land to the Islamic caliphate.
“We are equally aware that other state governors and politicians in Biafraland are having series of secret meetings on how to allocate our sacred land of Biafra to terrorists for their Ruga settlement on the pretence of a renamed National Livestock Programme (NLP) of the deceptive Federal Government. We are calling on all relatives, stakeholders, supporters of South East governors and traditional rulers to warn these governors including those in other states, to desist from this evil act of ceding our ancestral lands to terrorists for Ruga settlement or National Livestock Programme in any part of Biafraland.
“We will not spare any person or persons implicated in the conspiracy to Islamise Biafraland through forced settlements,” IPOB statement read.
However, the claims by IPOB might have been refuted by Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion).
The Reverend, during his sermon at a thanksgiving service for the wife the late former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, had said news on social media that some governors of the South East were secretly allocating lands to herders was fake.