The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it will not allow anyone to forcefully take over
their ancestral lands for Ruga settlement. The group also challenged the youth wing of the
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to “do their worst” in the wake of the expiration of the 30-
The IPOB was reacting to the deadline issued by the coalition of northern groups (CNGs) to
governors opposed to the Ruga settlement to reconsider their decision.
In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, the group said it is ready to face the CNGs
“in whatever shape they may want it”.
IPOB noted that it is a peaceful movement and must remain so but cannot allow anybody to
trample on its members. The group stated that cattle business remains personal business in
Nigeria and cannot change today.
It said the community’s ancestral lands are gifts from the God, handed over to them to dwell,
on which must not be taken over under any guise by the government or Fulani.
The group advised the federal government and “those behind the plan to retrace their steps
before it turned uncontrollable and claim more innocent lives”.
Earlier, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, had asked its people to
be ready to defend themselves against “northern war mongers”.