IPOB warns youth leaders, southeast monarchs against betrayal

The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has issued a warning to its indigenous peoples, youth leaders, and monarchs in the five states of the southeast zone not to abandon Igbo youngsters fighting for Biafran independence.

The group issued the threat in a statement signed by Emma Powerful, IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, and forwarded on Wednesday.

The statement reads in part: “We have got reports of traditional rulers and President Generals and youths leaders who terrorise youths in their community by tagging them IPOB members and ESN operatives. The only crime of the youths is standing up for their rights and resisting the sale of community land to Fulani herdsmen.


“It’s an abomination for a traditional ruler and President Generals in Biafra land to report youths in his community to terror friendly Nigeria Army just because he feels the youths are standing in his way to sell the community land to the Fulani herders. We, therefore, warn all such treacherous monarchs to retrace their steps or brace up for the consequences of their evil actions.


“We want to sound it clear that henceforth, any traditional ruler that reports his subjects to the Nigeria Army or Navy to torture them for opposing their plans to sell community land to Fulani herdsmen, shall get ready to answer to our ancestors. Such evil traitors are not worthy to live how much more occupy the ezeship stool in Biafraland.


“On this note, we demand the unconditional release of all the youths arrested by the Navy at Atani and other communities in Ogbaru, Anambra State. If you evil monarchs doubt our resolve to deal with you, fail to release those arrested by naval officers in the affected communities within seven days. If after seven days the arrested youths are not released, the treacherous traditional rulers who masterminded their ordeals should prepare to reap the fruit of their treachery!


“Any treacherous traditional ruler found to be selling our ancestral land to the Fulani Herdsmen, who are terrorist jihadists from the Futa Jaleon shall be held responsible for whatever consequences that will emanate from such action” the group stated.
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