The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), a youth arm of the Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has stated that self defence in the form of armed resistance is the most effective solution to the widespread killings by Fulani herdsmen across some parts of Nigeria.
In a public statement on Monday in Enugu, the OYC President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the Igbo youth are in support of the call from former Defense Minister, Theophilus Damjuma’s call for self-defense in the face of gruesome killings of innocent Nigerians by herdsmen and alleged culpability of security agencies.
The OYC President, Mazi Isiguzoro, who maintained that Ohanaeze youth wing was not armed stressed that Igbo youths were ready to defend the South-East and would not hesitate to resist herdsmen attacks in Igboland but would also carry out vengeance when necessary.
He said –
“Danjuma has justified the position of Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide. We are ready to resist the herdsmen militia.
It has been our earlier stand; we have been calling for self-defence. So today we are re-echoing that stand.
Nobody should expect that Ndigbo would fold their arms and watch these killer herdsmen come here and achieve their evil agenda. We shall resist it with the last drop of our blood.
We have no arms anywhere but Ndigbo are emergency specialists – we have our own way of fighting our battles without rockets and guns.
Like Danjuma clearly pointed out, there seems to be a collaboration between the security agencies and these herdsmen.
It appears there are two laws in this country – one for the Igbo and other sections of the country, and another for the Hausa-Fulani.
How else will one justify the recent statements in the media that the Federal Government was considering amnesty for the Boko Haram terrorists? It is shocking; it is unthinkable.
This is the same government that hurriedly branded the IPOB as a terrorist organisation. The same government is now courting internationally acclaimed terrorists.”