THE Youth wing of the Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze, has proscribed herdsmen in the South-East region.
The group in a statement jointly signed by its President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike and National Publicity Secretary, Obinna Adibe, urged the Federal Government the declared herdsmen as terrorists.
While cautioning youths across the zone not to take laws into their hands, it stated that self defence was the only option left to tackle the menace of herdsmen across the region.
-We condemn, vehemently, the terrorist attack by the Fulani herdsmen and call for self defence as a measure to halt it. We hail Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the heroic stand of Governor Willie Obiano for rejecting the cattle colonies in Abia and Anambra states. We know other Igbo governors will follow the footsteps of their colleagues and reject these anti-people- policy. We are calling on the Federal Government to establish piggy colonies in Northern Nigeria to help feed our people over there,” it said.
The group which said its proscription of herdsmen in the region was with immediate effect warned that -any attempt to ignore this warning, they will have themselves to blame”