Orlu airstrikes: IPOB vows to defend Biafraland against "Fulani Marauders"

The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) says they will resist any attempt to cede any part of the east to the killer Fulanis.

IPOB was reacting to the military airstrikes being carried out in Orlu communities in Imo state.

TMZNaija had reported how military fighter jets were spotted conducting aerial strikes in Orlu.

The airstrikes started on Thursday afternoon, and are connected with the military’s resolve to dislodge the Eastern Security Network (ESN) operatives said to have strongholds in the forests.

The ESN operatives in January had a bloody clash with the Nigerian Army from Obinze barracks, where four soldiers were reportedly killed.

Videos posted on social media shows the fighter jets hovering around the communities.

In a statement on Thursday by Chika Edozien, head of directorate of state of IPOB, the group said the Nigerian government is trying to intimidate its people to relinquish their ancestral land to "Fulani terrorists".

IPOB vowed to defend their rights to live by waging war against the Nigerian state.

The group said that the Nigerian government has crossed the line with the military airstrikes.

Read the full statement below:

The Nigerian government through its military has finally declared open confrontation with the Biafran people in their bid to harrass, intimidate and cow us into submission to relinquish our ancestral lands to foreign fulani terrorists.

The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide must gird their loins and be prepared for the long drawn out battle ahead.

The leadership of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra make bold to state unequivocally that there shall be no inch of Biafran land (Biafran Territory) to be ceded to the Fulani Marauders from the Sahel.

The Nigerian army has thrown the gauntlet and we the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra shall accept their challenge because there will be neither retreat nor surrender on this our journey to liberty and freedom.

Now that the Nigerian government has activated its final solution to the Biafran question with helicopter gunships in Orlu, they have crossed the line of no return and for us the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra there is only one option that is open for us.

We MUST defend every inch of our ancestral land we MUST defend our inalienable right to live in the land of our ancestors as free people to develop our CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA given talents for the benefit and elevation of our people just like our ancestors did thousands of years before us.

Every IPOB family member should be very conscious of the time we have entered and exhibit the highest level of discipline and be ready to follow every directive as will be issued by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide.

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