OBSERVATIONS AND DECISIONS
Based on the facts above, we; Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra (SCEIPOB), who are currently in Court with the Federal Government of Nigeria, to assert our constitutionally guaranteed Right to Self-determination:
i. Condemn the ongoing, unprovoked, aggression against the indigenous peoples of Nigeria by Fulani invaders, employing sophisticated military weapons and weaponized-cows pretext.
ii. Condemn Fulani pogroms/genocide against the indigenous peoples of Nigeria and the forceful seizure of their ancestral lands for Fulani colonization, using cattle grazing as pretext.
iii. Condemn the manifest indifference, connivance or acquiescence of Nigerian State institutions and high officials to the ongoing Fulani aggression and carnage against indigenous peoples of Nigeria.
iv. Declare our opposition to the ongoing war by Fulani to conquer and occupy the ancestral homelands of our indigenous neighbours in Central Nigeria… Idoma, Tiv, Igala, …etc., with an eye on our land-hungry, but well-watered homeland, as the ultimate prize for the realization of the Dan Fodio dream of Fulani hegemony over all of West Africa. As the earlier occupation of Nassarawa has bloodily illustrated, we are unsafe from their occupation of these territories.
v. Draw attention to the Igbo tradition that forbids the free-ranging of ruminants; such as cow. These are classified as Obuaku…. tethered wealth. This customary law came about because civilization; which by definition is about settled life, is antithetical to free-ranging nomadism. The attempt to impose nomadism all over Nigeria through National Grazing Reserve Law is tantamount to war against civilization and should be opposed. Our people cannot afford to become de-civilized. The customary law that permits the victim of ruminant trespass to seize the animal should be enforced on all in our communities. Failure to redeem the animal within the specific period results to forfeiture for adequate compensation to the victim. Our own customary law must apply in our communities.
vi. To regard human life as less than cow-life is, by our culture, an abomination … Aru. Cows raised on that principle are abominable cows, which people eat to their own defilement. Moreover, Fulani cows are weaponized instruments of territorial conquest. We urge our people to stay away from; boycott, blood-cows to avoid ritually eating the blood of murdered kinsmen and defiling ourselves. Our people should note that even though we are not traditionally total vegetarians, we got significant portion of our protein from vegetable sources, which doctors now tell us is very healthful. Our great Uha vegetable for soup is 26% superior quality protein than meat, for instance. We should go back to our healthful traditional diet and avoid toxic cow meat.
vii. Observe that the first policy intervention in the cattle industry by the indigenous Government of Eastern Nigeria was the creation of the Obudu Cattle Ranch. Because of land availability and cultural differences, Eastern Nigeria; under Michael Okpara created cattle ranch, when Northern Nigeria; under Ahmadu Bello created grazing reserves. The conditions that led to these alternative policies; when thinkers were involved in Government in Nigeria, has not changed but intensified with time. The term federation allowed these alternative policies, in a then true federation.