Ruga: Let Arewa Do their Worst, We Are Waiting – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said the South eastern states would not give any land for the implementation of RUGA settlement programme.

IPOB’s position was made known on Wednesday through a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.

The group said it was ready to face the youth wing of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, after the expiration of its 30- day ultimatum.

According to the statement, IPOB was in support of ranching, but insists it must be at the expense of the cattle owners and on their private lands, “not through forcing people to release their ancestral land to anybody.”

The statement read in part: “IPOB is a peaceful movement and must remain so but cannot allow anybody to trample on us by forcing our people to release their ancestral land to them.

“We are aware that cattle business remains personal business in Nigeria and cannot change today.

“The community’s ancestral lands are gifts from God, handed over to us to dwell, which must not be taken over under any guise by the government or Fulani.

“We challenge Fulani Islamists terrorists including their Arewa youths to do their worst after the expiration of the so-called 30 days ultimatum as was widely reported in every national and international media.

“We are anxiously and eagerly waiting for them in whatever shape they may want it.”