The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Friday, January 15, issued the federal government an ultimatum demanding the release of the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, no later than Monday, January 18.
According to a statement by Samuel Edeson, MASSOB director of information, and Ibem Ugwuoke Ibem, MASSOB national secretary, the organization threatened to organize protests and massive demonstrations across the south-east and south-south as well as in America, Europe and Asia.
The group reminded that Kanu was being remained in detention even after the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered his unconditional release.
The MASSOB, however, maintained that their protests would be non-violent. "Our members at home and in diaspora are prepared for a massive demonstration, protest and a civil disobedience against the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB Leader) starting from Monday, January 18, 2016," the statement says.
"MASSOB also directs former members in Ralph Uwazurike’s BIM to join and participate in the non violent world wide demonstration against Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention as a mark of Love and respect for Biafra," it further says.
The organisation also used the opportunity to condemn the statement credited to the Anglican Arch-Bishop of Enugu Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, to the effect that their agitation for actualisation of a Biafra Republic was "misguided and misdirected". The group insisted that their agitation was borne out of a genuine desire by the Igbos to have a country of their own.