Igbo Group Asks Miyetti Allah To Take Its Vigilante To North, Fight Boko Haram

The Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders has condemned the statement by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that it will establish Fulani vigilante in the South-East telling them to rather form its vigilante to confront Boko Haram terrorists in North.

The group described the offer as an insult and an abomination in Igbo land.

In a statement in Umuahia signed by its President-General, Chief Goodluck Ibem, the group stated, “Who told Miyetti Allah that the South-East is looking for vigilante that will protect it from bandits and hoodlums?

“For the past 12 years, Boko Haram and bandits have been terrorising the northern states and Miyetti Allah did not deem it fit to establish a vigilante group to protect their northern region and fight Boko Haram insurgents and killer bandits.

“They could not chase away bandits on the  Kaduna-Abuja highway. They should have formed a vigilante group to stop killings in Zamfara, Adamawa and Borno states.

“The only place they are concerned about to establish a vigilante group is in the South- East because they are the good Samaritans. We say thank you for your concern; we don’t need your vigilante. Take it to the North and protect your states.

“This unguided statement by Miyetti Allah is provocative and insulting to the Igbo nation. The North has more land mass than the South-East, South-West and South-South combined together. Why are they so interested in this small portion of the South-East? The answer is simple; because they are troublemakers and greedy.

“We warn Miyetti Allah to, with immediate effect, withdraw this abominable statement and apologise to the people of the South-East.

“We, as a matter of urgency, demand the establishment of the Bakassi Vigilante Boys in the 19 states in the north to protect Igbo and their businesses.

“COSEYL also warned the South-East governors and traditional rulers in the zone never to sell or give out any portion of land, no matter how small, to Miyetti Allah or any other herders’ association in the geopolitical zone. If they dare it, they will face the wrath of the South-East people.”

Miyetti Allah’s secret agenda, the group said, “is to Fulanise, Islamise and declare jihad in the South-East zone.”

The group called on the state Houses of Assembly in the South-East states to promulgate laws to establish the Bakassi Vigilante Boys “to protect our land from intruders and killer herdsmen.”