A Biafra group identified as the Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL), has threatened to invade the north over threats issued by a Coalition of Northern Groups to expel Southerners from the north if the Federal Government does not rescind the suspension of Ruga in 30 days.
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had proposed to resolve the clashes between farmers and herdsmen through Ruga settlements but suspended the plan after the idea was greeted by widespread criticism by Nigerians.
After the suspension, the northern youths in response issued a 30-day ultimatum to every southerner residing in the north to vacate unless Ruga is implemented.
Reacting to the threat, BNYL threatened to force northerners out of the Southeast and South-south.
In a statement on Saturday, the Deputy Leader of BNYL and Head of Operations, Biafra Broadcasting Service, BBS, Ebuta Victor Takon, said the BNYL does not see reasons the northerners would be safe in the East whereas the Easterners were being threatened in the North.
The group said it would take appropriate measures to expel northerners, especially the Fulani if Abdul Azeez Suleman and his group did not withdraw their threat.
BNYL stressed that it will make sure that the Biafra youths were armed by every means possible to defend themselves against any attack.
According to the group, “Only a fool will sit in his house and watch himself killed when he knows what to do,” the group declared.
“I think this time we will not only be on the defensive angle, we will invade the north, it is only weak people that waits for their enemies to invade their lands to attack them while they continue to defend.
“We were on defensive side in 1967-1970 Biafra war, this period we will mobilize to invade the north, it is not a mouth but fact.
“Let them take time to do research about us, we are not noise makers, those who are from towns close to the creeks in the Niger Delta and Bakassi Peninsula will attest to the fact that we are never noisemakers.
“They want to see what we are made up of and we will gladly show them.
We could be very dangerous even as we are nonviolent,” the BNYL said.
Takon said reasons the group had not reacted to Fulani attacks.
He, however, lamented that “Some of our elders are cowards.
“They want until the battle reaches their doorstep, none is encouraging a counter attack but now they have seen it.
“The truth is that our people are arm-less, they take us for a ride because community youths do not have weapons to operate.
“Fulani killers target the grassroots, and most Pro Biafra movement are not focused on grassroots to checkmate herdsmen.
“That is why it appears difficult to engage them unless a well-organized counter-attack will be carried out against them.
“They thought we lack arms, we don’t. What the sponsors of these Fulani invaders do not know is that it is easier for us to acquire arms that are more deadlier than theirs if we decide to follow the pattern of creek militants.
“This Fulani menace is not ordinary, they are being sponsored by high profiles in the north to conquer the South.
“If care is not taken they will succeed, but not in our generation unless generation yet unborn will allow that.
“It is time our people sit up, support those who are about to die in defense of our land,” the Biafra Group said in a statement.