By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has chided the governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi, over his recent lamentations about the rape of some women in the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen. He said Umahi should apologise for betraying IPOB.
Kanu made the demand after Governor Umahi had cried out that herdsmen were assaulting women sexually in the state.
The governor, while addressing stakeholders at a peace talk between herders and famers in Abakaliki, lamented that the herders were defiling the land of Ebonyi by allegedly forcing the women into sex.
Umahi had said, “There is a problem at Igboagu in Izzi LGA and Isu community in Onicha LGA. I want the chairman of the Miyeti Allah to know that we have a very strong traditional affinity to wives.
“Any Izzi woman, whether the man is from Izzi or outside Izzi and he has sex with the Izzi woman in this place, the land is desecrated and the woman, as well, is desecrated and cannot return to the husband’s house again; and that is our culture.
“And the man that did it is not allowed to stay in that land. It is the same thing in the entire Ebonyi state. So, where there is raping of women in their farms, it is very dangerous. That land is cursed and cannot produce any crop again. And again, if that woman gives anything to the husband to eat, that man must die.
“I will like the chairman of the Miyeti Allah to help me solve this problem of that Isu community where a woman was raped in her husband’s house. He must leave for the land to be cleansed. And the woman also must leave for the land to be cleansed.
“The land must be cleansed before both the herdsman and the woman be allowed to come back to that place again. If both do not leave, people will start dying in their numbers. And of course, if the husband eats anything from the herder or the woman, the man will automatically die. That is the culture and the culture is something that is spiritual.”
Reacting, Kanu, in a post on his Twitter handle, mocked the governor, saying he hoped he had finally learnt his lesson not to betray his people again.
Kanu tweeted, “Dear Gov. Umahi, now you’ve confirmed your Fulani terrorist friends are raping our mothers in Ebonyi. Will you be man enough to apologise for your betrayal of IPOB? Maybe, you will finally learnt that betraying your people has unintended consequences.”
By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu