REVENGE: After IPOB Placed A Ban On Beef, Northern Cattle Sellers React By Boycotting Their Markets To Punish Igbos.
In response to the ban placed on beef consumption by the Indigenous People Of Biafra in the region, the Amalgamation of Northern Traders in Cattle, Grains, and Vegetables have asked that its members would boycott South-Eastern markets.
IPOB had banned the slaughtering and eating of cows from Fulani herders during occasions in the South-East region.
Reacting to the ban, the Northern traders said members were prepared to comply with the directive by discontinuing its sale of cattle, grains, onions, and other foodstuffs in the region.
Chairman of Northern Traders, Muhammad Tahir, said members of the union were not perturbed by the IPOB ban.
He said, “For us, we would always support the indivisibility of Nigeria; but if IPOB wants to secede, then so be it.
“Bilateral trade between us and them is all about wealth creation for the two regions; the cattle we take to them is food and not poison.
“Therefore, if someone rejects your benevolent supply of food to their region, then you stop; because you must not feed them.
“After all, it is a mere unsustainable propaganda, which we’ve been hearing over the years.”
Tahir further asserted that IPOB lacked the capacity to sustain the ban as their people would soon revolt due to scarcity of beef and other foodstuffs which only the North can supply.
IPOB had earlier this week announced the ban on singing of Nigerian national anthem in schools and on eating beef during occasions in the region.
This is one of the seven action plans IPOB plans to implement in 2022.
Other plans include a demand for the unconditional release of its members held by law enforcement agencies and mass demonstrations in cities around the world.
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has slammed the Indigenous People of Biafra over its call for the singing of Biafra anthem in all schools in the South-East.
The group faulted IPOB for the ban it placed on Nigeria’s national anthem across the zone.
IPOB had in its New Year message prohibited the Nigerian national anthem as well the consumption of non-native cows.
However, in a statement by Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group cautioned that such a directive would create problems for the people of the region.
The statement read, “Such an order will affect the ongoing diplomatic efforts to free Nnamdi Kanu. Instead, the FG might unleash bitterness on the South-East.
“This order is also nonetheless destructive to the campaign for the Igbo presidency in 2023 and will give birth to avoidable military raids on all public schools in South-Eastern Nigeria, with the ongoing ‘Operation Golden Dawn’.
“Reciting of the Biafra anthem in public schools remains prohibited, forbidden, and proscribed as the South-East is still an integral part of Nigeria.
“We cannot afford to mislead and misinform our pupils into trending into paths that will attract grave consequences for Ndigbo.
“Ndigbo should flout such despicable orders of absurdity as it will be the rationale for future deployment of military Tucson fighter jets to South-Eastern Nigeria.
“IPOB should join Ohanaeze in the promotion of Igbo language, cultural heritage, and values in all South-East public schools. This is the best way to get our youngsters to remain committed and imbibe the cultural values and heritage of Ndigbo.”
MORE READ: INJUSTICE! Magodo Landlords FINALLY Speaks How Lagos Government STOLE Their Lands, Gave It RICH GUYS
Amidst the Magodo crisis, the Chairman of Shangisha Landlords Association, Adebayo Adeyiga, has now narrated how a military governor of Lagos State, Air Commodore Gbolahan Mudasiru (now deceased) demolished their houses and took over their landed property in what is now known today as Magodo Phase 2 Estate area of Lagos State.
He said the then military governor in 1985 claimed that an international hospital and other social infrastructure would be built on the site but the area was shared with eminent Nigerians afterward.’
Adeyiga made this known on Wednesday in an interview with Channels Television.
He said, “In 1985, our houses that were built on the land were demolished by the then military governor of Lagos State claiming that the area would be used for international hospital and other programmes that would benefit the masses.
“After the demolition, we found out that the area is being shared by civil servants and eminent Nigerian citizens.”
His revelations come amid the escalating tension in Magodo, a choice area of the state known to be occupied by the upper class.
For days, armed policemen besieged the estate in the company of suspected land grabbers and members of a family who had planned to demolish property in the choice estate to execute a Supreme Court judgment. The suspected land grabbers including thugs stormed the estate with bulldozers after marking many houses for demolition. The development has caused a commotion at the estate as landlords perpetually shut the entrance gates while tenants panic over their fate.
The policemen were reportedly sent by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
On Tuesday, the security agents defied the order of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to vacate the estate, leaving many residents hopeless, even as the governor said a meeting would hold on Wednesday to address the feud between the parties.
In a viral online video, the governor was seen at the estate trying to mediate in the faceoff between the estate residents and the policemen, said to have been deployed from Force Headquarters in Abuja. The policemen in company with suspected land grabbers and members of a family had besieged the estate for days in a bid to demolish some properties in execution of a Supreme Court judgement.
Amid the ensuing hullabaloo and the rising tension occasioned by the action of the police, the residents had called on the governor to intervene, which he did by visiting the suburb to see things for himself. Having seen the tension firsthand, he directed the policemen to withdraw, given that it was a case between private individuals and the state government.
But according to Oyewole, the police team were allegedly sent at the behest of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and, thus, could only be asked to withdraw by them.
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