Buhari Considering State of Emergency in South East. South-South Over Biafra

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari may have perfected plans to declare a state of Emergency in the entire old Eastern region, including South-South, following the rising protests and agitation for an independent State of Biafra in the region.

A Presidency source disclosed that the President is greatly disturbed with the growing agitation and is planning a military crackdown by declaring a state of emergency in the region if the protests become violent.

The protesters under the aegis of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been demanding the release of their detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested last October by the Department of State Services (DSS) on his arrival in Nigeria from his base in the United Kingdom.

The IPOB members have insistently alleged that despite meeting stringent bail conditions by a Nigerian court, their leader has remained in custody on the orders of the Nigerian President.

A faction of the Move­ment for the Actualization of the Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) had on Sunday issued a one week ultimatum to the Fed­eral Government to imme­diately release the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, or face severe sanctions.

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The group gave the ulti­matum, weekend, in a state­ment signed by its director of Information, Comrade Uche Madu, in which he said, at the expiration of 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 MASSOB would hold the Igbo gover­nors and senators to account if Kanu is not released. He stated that the south/south and southeast are now better united in the struggle.

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“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. Factional MASSOB warns the federal government to immediately release Nnamdi Kanu now or before Monday or face a severe action that will bring Nigeria to her knees. Ndigbo and South-South are much wiser, united and hungry for Biafra now.

“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.

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“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 had said.

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