By Igho Akeregha, Abuja
20th May 2019
The Ethnic Nationalities Defence Organisation (ENDO) at the weekend cautioned all minority ethnic nationalities in the country to immediately set up self-defence militia to defend their lands and territories against Boko Haram terrorists and killer herdsmen.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, its President, David Maiyami, Director Information and Strategy, Freedom Musa and Director of Operations, Nehemiah Maihaikali, it charged all ethnic nationalities to form their militia groups or be ready to lose their ancestral lands after being exterminated by either the compromised security forces or Fulani militia and terrorists.
“Ours is an eye-for-an-eye and 10 for one. Let us see who has monopoly of violence. Ours is non-negotiable until the evil against ethnic nationalities by government and Fulani herdsmen militia ends,” it said.
The group, which issued the statement after its meeting in the Middle Belt region, said: “We have observed with sadness over the years and especially since the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration the targeted annihilation of ethnic minorities in Nigeria.
“We have since realised that Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen are brothers in arms against Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities in a brazen land-grabbing and expansionist Fulani Jihad agenda.”
It pointed out that it was evident that Boko Haram and Fulani militia have not only infiltrated government, but have also claimed that government is directly or indirectly aiding and abetting the killings of Nigerians in the minority ethnic nationalities.
ENDO observed that government rebranding of terrorists and Fulani militia, as hoodlums or criminal elements does not change who they truly are and that there are evidences of military killer squads targeting ethnic nationalities apart from recycling released terrorists into the Nigerian security or Fulani militia.
The group also alleged that government’s dialogue with Boko Haram and release of billions for their empowerment, was calculated and deliberate saying: “Recent government negotiations to settle Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with over N100b through one of their agents, is not surprising.
“No matter how much you give the terrorists from our sovereign wealth to arm themselves and mercenaries, they can never take our ancestral land and each of you will pay.”
The group’s statement followed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s earlier comments at Oleh, Delta State that acts of violence by Boko Haram and herdsmen have snowballed beyond President Buhari’s capacity.
Ethnic Nationalities Defence Organisation
A coalition of cultural groups in Nigeria under the aegis of Ethnic Nationalities Defence Organisation on Sunday birthed in Abuja with the resolve to protect, defend and retaliate any affront against ethnic nationalities or their territories
The organisation said it had since realised that Boko Haram and Fulani militia were “brothers in arms against the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria in a brazen land-grabbing and expansionist Fulani jihad.”
“We call on all ethnic nationalities to form their defence groups or militia or be ready to lose their ancestral lands after being killed as cowards and chickens in the hands of either the compromised Nigerian Army or Fulani militia and terrorists.
“Ours is an eye for an eye and 10 for one. Let’s see, who has the monopoly of violence. Ours is non-negotiable until the evil against all ethnic nationalities by government and Fulani herdsmen militia is halted,” ENDO stated.
The organisation, in a statement by its President, David Maiyaki, Director Information/Strategy, Freedom Musa and Director of Operations, Nehemiah Maihaikali, warned the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari “or any governor against taking or giving any inch of ethnic nationalities land for Fulani cattle ranch or grazing.”
While suggesting that they should graze in their states of origin, ENDO advised that the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, should be ready to resettle in Katsina after his tenure as minister.
The statement read, “We have observed with sadness over the years and especially since the emergence of the Buhari administration the targeted annihilation of the ethnic minorities in Nigeria. We have since realised that both Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen militia are brothers in arms against the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria in a brazen land-grabbing and expansionist Fulani jihad.
“It is evident that Boko Haram and Fulani militia have not only infiltrated the government of Nigeria, but government is directly or indirectly aiding and supporting daily evil perpetrated against the ethnic nationalities
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A group that killed 5000 Nigerian citizens , the government calls them a social organization, rewards them with hundred billion Naira and a radio station .
Another group calls for referendum and a sit-at-home to commemorate millions of their loved ones killed during the war, they’re branded terrorists.
If you solve the equation, you’ll find out who the real terrorists are .
I pity southern Nigeria, many don’t seem to know or understand what’s going on.