By Emeka Mamah
ENUGU—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the North of allegedly raising false alarm that Fulani herdsmen were being killed in the South East in a bid to start another round of slaughtering of southerners in the area.
IPOB said the false allegation of killing of Northerners in the South was being orchestrated by a “faceless Northern Consensus Movement,” pointing out that this style was used by the north to prepare the grounds for the pogrom that followed the January 1966 coup d’état in the country.
The statement entitled “Déjà vu 1966,” and jointly signed by IPOB Spokespersons, Mr Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya read: “50 years ago, faceless groups sprung up in Zaria, Kaduna, and Kano among others; all alleging that the January 1966 coup d’état was an ethnic coup. Northerners, they claimed, were being killed in the East.
“These sponsored groups, stoked the embers of hatred and prepared the ground for the horrendous pogrom of May 29; June 2; July 29; August 2; September 29 and October 2, 1966 respectively in which thousands of Easterners mostly women and children, were systematically slaughtered all over the northern Nigeria.
“Those faceless groups, that prepared the grounds for the unprecedented genocide, quickly disappeared into thin air.
“In 2016, another faceless group, Northern Consensus Movement, which claims to be a coalition of northern groups, even though only the Miyetti Allah turned out the only recognizable group among obviously fake others, alleged that hundreds of Northerners are being killed in the south east, and went on to advise the Federal Government to treat IPOB the way it treated Boko Haram.
“It is instructive, that the entire south west based media houses have never noted any attacks on Northerners in the South East. It is also surprising that these false allegations are coming only from President Buhari’s own organization, Miyetti Allah.
“It is also quite interesting to note that no Nigerian has heard of any attack of northerners in the South East, except this strange coalition.
“They did not give date, instance or town in the South East where in their own words, hundreds of innocent law abiding citizens of northern extraction living in the south eastern part have been killed in cold blood; with their businesses and properties destroyed.”