Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
s after Fulani Jihadists issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to withdraw his position on the ban of open grazing jointly declared recently by the southern governors in Asaba, the Movement for the Emancipation and the Defence of Niger Delta (MEND) has warmed the nomads that any attempt to carry out their threat would result in dire consequence that may end the presence of Fulanis in the Niger Delta.
MEND’s release code named “Dragon War”, which went viral shortly after the Fulani Jihadists dropped theirs, reads: “We don’t make cheap our threats. We have shut down the country and we can at any time shut you down.
We are the Niger Delta, we stand for the interest of the Niger Delta and we will not allow any coward to threaten us. We fight without running”.
The statement titled:
“RESPONSE TO THE FULANI THREAT TO OKOWA ON OPEN GRAZING BAN BY SOUTHERN GOVERNORS” read in full:
“The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation and the Defence of the Niger Delta has been drawn to the threat of some Fulani terrorists who have given a 3-day warning to the governor of Delta State because of his support for the ban of open grazing across the Southern States.
“We also saw your taking responsibility for an explosion at the secretariat in Asaba. We are warning that if your threat is made to come to fulfilment, no Fulani will ever exist across the Niger Delta and all oil facilities linked to a Fulani man will be brought down.
“If one soul is lost, Ten Fulani souls will pay for it. If one facility is destroyed, Ten Fulani facilities will be destroyed. We will respond proportionately ten times whatever you give.
“The corresponding response will not be limited to the Delta, it may be with your politicians or with your rulers.
“We will launch three rocket launchers and ballistic missiles at any facility of our choice as a warning in seven days if you make bold your threats.”
The ban on open grazing, also known as Asaba Declaration, was reached by the southern governors with Governor Okowa as the host in Asaba.