Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has explained why he set up the Biafra Secret Service (BSS).
According to Kanu, the BSS was set up to protect the people of Biafra.
Kanu stated this while speaking to journalists at his home town in Ohuru, in Obingwa council area of Abia State, after visiting Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Chairman of the South-East Senate Caucus.
He noted that the BSS is not a violent group, stressing that it is more like the Hisbah and the Sharia Police in the North. Adding that the Nigerian Police has failed to protect the people of Biafra from the Fulani herdsmen attack.
“There is no need for anybody to be afraid of the internal operations of IPOB. Biafra Secret Service is like the vigilante outfits you have everywhere. It is not armed. We want to stop the menace of Fulani herdsmen in our land. We won’t tolerate it, it won’t happen here. In the North, you have the Hisbah Police, Sharia police; you even have the Janjaweed police. Here, we have nothing; we need to protect this land. We need to prevent the Fulani cattle men from rustling; we are opposed to every form of disorder and criminality. IPOB will never be violent, we will never be armed.
“So, there is no need for people to be afraid of the internal operations of IPOB because we will never resort to armed violence or armed struggle of any sort .Our method is far more potent and effective than any armed struggle. So, I will always listen to him and I will return to him from time to time.
“The Nigerian Police has done nothing, absolutely nothing. Fulani herdsmen have been rampaging everywhere. President spoke, he never mentioned the menace of Fulani herdsmen, his interest was Biafra, unity, threat and intimidation. That doesn’t work with me, it may work with you, but it doesn’t work with me. You don’t intimidate me because I’m a Biafran.”
Speaking also about their meeting, Senator Abaribe said that he had a fruitful discussion with Kanu, adding that there are lots of tensions in the land and that the South-East caucus is committed to ensuring a better country.
“Nnamdi Kanu has assured us that IPOB is non violent, will continue to remain non violent and will not in any way, do anything that will lead to bloodshed. We have also told him our stand. Our stand is that we cannot continue this nation the way it is. There must be restructuring, there must be devolution of powers; there must be discussion by the component parts to ensure that every part of this country will have a better and far more promising union. Not a union that you will have some people feeling that there are first and second class citizens. We had very fruitful discussions,” Abaribe said.