The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has embarked on a protest in the Ebonyi State capital, Abakalili, over the suspended Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) plan, Concise News reports.
This online news medium understands that RUGA, according to the Federal Government, was meant to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers but was suspended after it generated a lot of controversies.
The protesters described the RUGA policy and others embarked on by the government as “bad.”
They barricaded some major roads in the capital for many hours and outrightly condenmed the policy.
“We are members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the clergy department called Supreme Clergy Council of Biafra (SCCOB). We are the religious arm of Biafra restoration,” the leader of the protesters Nwachinemere Stanley said.
“Today, we the clergy and other departments in IPOB came out to express our dissatisfaction over the happenings in Nigeria including their evil plan to establish Ruga in Igboland.
“We are not in support of this their evil agenda. We are totally against Islamisation of Igboland. We are Biafrans, we are not Fulani.”
Also, he claimed that “This Ruga is a Fulani term. It is a secret plan to occupy indigenous land of our people and that is why we say no.
“If you want to come to a particular city to do business, you have to liaise with the people
and not to secretly rob them indirectly. No matter what they call this their evil plan, we reject every Islamic agenda.
“The scripture said that God is looking for a man to stand in the gap that the land might be free and that is what we have chosen to do.
“So, we are saying enough of Fulani Islamic agenda; enough of raping of our women. Enough of killing innocent people without a reason, kidnapping and others.”