The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has expressed its satisfaction with the suspension of the proposed Uzoakoli Prison project and RUGA (Rural Grazing Area) settlement after its warning to community leaders in the state. Sahara Reporters reported a few days ago how IPOB issued warning to leaders of Uzoakoli community in Abia State, Southeast Nigeria against ceding any part of their land to the Nigerian government for a prison project or RUGA settlement.
IPOB had threatened that the leaders including the traditional ruler of Uzoakoli, HRH Eze Kanu Ikonte, the President General of Uzuakoli Development Association, Engr Okechukwu Mark Nwaokoro, Youth Chairman of Ngwu, Uchechi Maduka, HRH J C Okorie, will pay dearly if they fail to abort such projects.
But on Friday, the group in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, announced that it has confirmed the suspension of the project. According to IPOB, the suspension of the project was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
Emma Powerful wrote; “The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) commend the people of Uzuakoli Community over their adherence to IPOB’s call on them to reverse the process of ceding Uzuakoli ancestral land for the so-called Federal Prison/RUGA project in that Community.
“We equally commend the Community members mentioned in IPOB’s press release a couple of days ago as facilitators and agents for the project for ensuring that the project was aborted.
“As was confirmed by the APC Government through their Interior Minister, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola that the proposed Prison Facility project and RUGA settlement at Uzuakoli has been suspended.
“We commend everyone in the Uzuakoli Community who adhered to the advice from IPOB as well as other well-meaning Biafrans who in one form or the other were instrumental to halting such disastrous project. The evil Nigeria government will not build industries in our communities so that our youths could be gainfully employed but they want to construct prisons where they will imprison these youths and harvest their organs.
“We also encourage other Communities in Biafra land to learn from Uzuakoli people and never get involved in such a deceptive Federal Government project that will end up as a RUGA settlement for Fulanis.
“IPOB will keep monitoring every community in Biafraland and any community, individuals or group of persons who willfully indulge in such deceptive and evil act of giving our ancestral lands to Fulani Government will have IPOB to contend with. We advise every community in Biafraland and Biafrans to abide by the IPOB’s policy of “No land to Nigeria Government” else those that may neglect this advice will have themselves to blame.
“IPOB is not ready to succumb to any pressure from any corner in Biafraland because our ancestral lands belong to us and our unborn children,” IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful concluded.