A faction of the separatist group, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) has given the Federal Government a one week ultimatum to immediately release the detained Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu or face severe civil disobedience.
The group gave the ultimatum in a statement signed by its director of Information, Comrade Uche Madu on Monday.
The statement warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, MASSOB would “unleash the potency of non-violence which includes civil disobedience, civil unrest, non-cooperation, civil /massive boycott as was done during the emancipation struggle of Ghandi of India & Martin Luther King junior”.
Madu affirmed that the action is sequel to the nationwide protest embarked by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday demanding for the release of Kanu and pledged full support to the protest by the IPOB, stressing that they would not relent till their agitation is actualized.
The director, who expressed regrets with the south east governors, Igbo senators, monarchs as well as leaders for not identifying with the MASSOB struggle, warned that the group would hold the Igbo governors and senators liable if Kanu is not released unharmed.
He stated that the south/south and southeast are now better united in the struggle.
“For the sake of Biafra’s love for our fatherland and the spirit of brotherhood, MASSOB shall continue to identify with genuine and selfless Biafra agitation as showcased in Nnamdi Kanu”, Madu added.
The factional MASSOB group warned the “federal government to immediately release Nnamdi Kanu now or before Monday or face a severe action that will bring Nigeria to her knees”
Whie claiming that Ndigbo and South-South are much wiser, united and hungry for Biafra now, Madu said that “Only some few disgruntled elements and Abuja errand boys from eastern region are always against Biafra. MASSOB shall hold Igbo governors, National Assembly members, traditional rulers and opinion leaders heavily responsible if Nnamdi Kanu is not released coming week”.
“The continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will worsen the already fragile security situation in Nigeria. Factional MASSOB, IPOB and other genuine groups are now ready”, he maintained.