The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned Governors, monarchs, Presidents General, real estate agencies and others in the Southeast not to fall into the temptation of selling their lands to herdsmen for any reason.
The group warned that those who succumb to the pressure of selling any land in the zone would forfeit the same forever while those at the negotiations stage should cease forthwith.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB described the claim by herdsmen use such land for agricultural projects as decoys to usurp lands in the region for effective occupation.
It maintained that it has a duty to preserve generations and not to destroy them, calling for close monitoring by governors and traditional rulers to ensure the order was strictly adhered to.
The statement reads in part: “We wish to remind Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of Biafra freedom, all the traditional rulers and presidents general in Biafraland to desist from any plan or pressure to either sell or hand over our ancestral lands to any government or agents for any purported agricultural purposes or anything else.
“This warning has become very necessary and is mainly for all Igbo Traditional Rulers, PGs, Politicians, Real Estate Agencies and other political jobbers in Biafraland to desist from any attempt to secretly allocate community lands to Fulani herdsmen in the name of agricultural investment or any project.
“We cannot hand over our ancestral lands to invaders whose agenda is land grabbing in disguise and violent takeover in future. If you want to understand what we are preventing, study the history of Hausas in the Northern part of Nigeria.
“Do not sell our future generations to these locust tribe. We have a duty to preserve our generations and not to destroy them like Hausa ancestors did because of selfishness and greed of their leaders.
“But after all the education from our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB and you selfishly go ahead to mortgage our race, IPOB leaders, Mbranch and ESN operatives won’t allow you to go free. IPOB is the people and the people are IPOB, we are monitoring every Community in Biafraland.
“We don’t want any RUGA or any such other name they call it in any of our territory. Our people must understand that either free or donations you are going to regret your decision to cede any of our ancestral land to for any purpose.’’