The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have insisted to ban the movement and consumption of cows from the northern part of the country in the South-East region.
IPOB Ban Cows In South-East
KanyiDaily recalls that the IPOB had threatened to ban the rearing and consumption of cows in the South-East with effect from April 2022, saying only local breed would henceforth “be consumed and used for all ceremonies in Biafraland.”
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB promised to assist any farmer in the South-East, that wants to breed local cows popularly known as ‘Efi-Igbo’.
The group explained the rationale behind the stoppage of the movement and consumption of cows was because of the alleged mass murder, raping of women, and kidnapping of persons in the region by Fulani herdsmen.
IPOB also claimed that over N3billion was spent on cow meat annually, insisting that such wastages must stop, warning that it would not spare any herdsmen cows after the April deadline.
The statement reads: “We wish to reiterate that our earlier decision to ban the movement and consumption of Fulani cows in Biafra land, from April 2022, is sacrosanct.
“We also wish to correct the misinformation and misconceptions surrounding our position on the issue which our enemies are peddling to blackmail us.
“In the first place, the decision was taken as a last resort after many years of patience over the unprovoked genocidal attacks by Fulani herdsmen on our communities, and the failure of the double-faced Nigeria security agencies to rein in the rampaging Fulani mass murderers.
“We have waited enough and can no longer tolerate the docility and criminal silence of the Federal Government in protecting our communities against these agents of death.
“Since their cows have been the reason the jihadists are slaughtering our people, destroying our farms, raping our women and kidnapping our men for ransom, we have decided to stop consuming these cursed Fulani cows which have now become a source of sorrow and death.
“It’s better we are alive and eat no Fulani cows than desire to eat them and be killed.
“The world should note that before arriving at this IRREVERSIBLE decision, we have made several appeals to the federal government and the security agencies to stop the Fulani from their atrocities in our land but they looked the other way, leaving our hapless communities at the mercy of these messengers of death.
“Our patience has been over stretched beyond its elasticity point. We can no longer afford to fold our arms and be waiting for the last man in Biafra land to be killed by jihadists masquerading as herdsmen.
“Our people waste huge sums of money up to N3bn every year on cow meat and we won’t allow that to continue and encouraging those who have the money to start breeding our local cows (Efi Igbo) and other farming, IPOB will support them to boasts the farming and animal husbandry business.
“Our decision to ban the movement, sale and consumption of Fulani cows throughout Biafra land with effect from April of this year is not borne out of hate but we are safeguarding our land and our people from the evil agenda of Fulanis. Our decision is born out of the natural desire to preserve our race from being wiped out by the herdsmen.
“If you are a Biafran dealing on Fulani cows in Biafraland, its better you look for an alternative now because we won’t spear any inch regarding herdsmen cows after April this year, don’t say we don’t warn you. A word is enough for the wise.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) had also called for a boycott of all Igbo businesses all over the North in retaliation to the ban placed on the consumption of ‘Fulani cows’ (beef) in the South-East by the IPOB.