July 6, 2016

Grazing Bill: Stage walk-out, pro-Biafra group tells SS, SE lawmakers

Miyetti Allah, Adamawa, gunmen

Herdsmen with their cattle

By Ugochukwu Alaribe

ABA—A pro-Biafra group, Biafra Liberation Council, BLC, has called on State Houses of Assembly in the South East and South South geo political zones to reject the National Grazing Routes and Reserves Commission bill which is before the National Assembly.

Armed Fulani-herdsmen

Armed Fulani-herdsmen

It accused the Imo State House of Assembly of secretly planning to sign the bill into law and urged members of the National Assembly from the zone to stage a walk out against any attempt to impose the bill on the people.

In a statement signed by ‘Comrades Austin-Mary Ndukwu and Dom Offornwoke respectively, the group described the bill as “obnoxious and an attempt to make a ‘wholesale’ of our homeland to the Fulani herdsmen whose stock in trade is to kill and occupy.

“We want to emphasize that we won’t hesitate to fight the enemies of our people who instead of positively representing their constituencies, go cap in hand to our oppressors to enslave us. BLC is warning the Imo House of Assembly to desist from their anti people stance to pass the grazing reserve bill or face our wrath.

“From now, any House of Assembly in the South East or South South geo political zone that supports the obnoxious bill will regret its action. Nobody will be allowed to deny us our homeland. We charge Presidents General of town unions and communities to reject any attempt to use their land for cattle grazing and reserve,” the statement read in part.”

The group lamented that out of the three main regions and languages in Nigeria, only the former Eastern region had no descendants in other parts of Africa and vowed to resist any attempt to enslave the region as being orchestrated in the grazing bill.

“The Hausa/Fulani can trace their descendants to Ghana, Mali, Niger and other parts of Africa while the Yourba have their kiths and kin in Benin Republic and Togo. The federal government should drop the idea of creating grazing reserves in our homeland. We will resist any attempt to further enslave us.”