Group known as Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) admonished governors in the South-East region; especially, Enugu State governor Ifeanyi Ugwanya and governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, to learn a lesson from the late Oba of Illorin, who received Fulani migrants in his kingdom against the will of his subjects only to get killed afterwards by the visitors.
The youths’ warning ensued last week’s simultaneous attacks in Enugu, and Ebonyi communities by herdsmen.
COSEYL regretted that the South East leaders were yet to understand the evil motive of strangers in the zone pretending to be herders.
Subsequently, A joint statement by COSEYL president-general Hon. Goodluck Egwu Ibem, and Secretary Comrade Kanice Igwe, asked South-East leaders not to allow the region be taken over by invaders.
The statement reads in parts: “We call on Governor Umahi to learn from what happened to Afonja, the Oba of Illorin in 1824. Afonja received Shehu Alim also known as Salih Janta with open arms in Illorin. Abdulsalam, the son of Shehu Alim turned around killed Afonja and made himself the Emir of Illorin.
“Indeed, life is too short to learn from our mistakes. It’s better we learn from the mistakes of others.
“It is not a mere coincidence for Fulani militias to attack Ebonyi and Enugu States killing 30persons the same time President Buhari traveled out of the country.”
COSEYL further noted that “Fulani herders in South East has a hidden agenda other than cattle rearing as they claim.”
The Youth leaders ordered every Fulani on evil mission to vacate South-East immediately, or brace up for the wrath of Igbo youths.
The group urged all Igbo youths to immediately secure their villages; from vigilante outfits to other security, safe-keeping outfits.
COSEYL, however, accused the security agencies for keeping silence over the atrocities of the Fulani herdsmen; while condemning their acts of reluctance to apprehending herdersmen for the ruthless killings.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News