The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND has threatened to descend into ‘Dragon War’ if Delta state is ever attacked by Fulani gunmen.
The group’s statement is coming shortly after a group is known as the ‘Fulani Jihadists’ issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa to rescind the open grazing ban or face an attack.
In a letter titled, ‘Response to Fulani threat to Okowa on open grazing ban by the Southern Governors’, the group stated that it will destroy every facility in the region owned by a Fulani person.
“We are warning that if your threat is made to come to fulfillment, no Fulani will ever exist across the Niger Delta and all oil facilities linked to a Fulani will be brought down.”
“If one soul is lost, 10 Fulani souls will pay for it. If one facility is destroyed, 10 Fulani facilities will be destroyed. We will respond proportionately 10 times whatever you give, the corresponding response will not be limited to the Delta.”
A spokesperson for the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Mr. Ken Robinson described the development as ‘Stupidity taken too far. In his words; “Let them try it and see. The consequences will be too grave for the country.
“Any attack on any community in Delta state is an attack on the entire Niger Delta, and we will respond appropriately. Nigeria will never be the same again if they try it.”
“But I think this is taking their stupidity too far. Their erroneous arrogance is being tolerated for too long.”