The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has revealed that the group would resume its series of rallies until they are granted a referendum.
MASSOB’s National Director of Informatio, Edeson Samuel, who spoke to Punch in Enugu that the pro-Biafran agitators, including the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) had decided to adopt a new, peaceful and non-violent approach by demanding a referendum, adding that the impending rallies was unconnected to the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu or his possible release.
He said: “We are going to embark on another round of protests and rallies to demand a referendum.
“We demand that the Nigerian government should conduct a referendum.
“We believe that we can actualise Biafra through peaceful, non-violent means. So, we are calling on the Nigerian government to conduct a referendum in the South-East and parts of the South-South.
“To this end, we are also appealing to the United Nations, the African Union and other world powers.
“We are not going to engage the Nigerian government through arms.
“Ninety-nine per cent of Igbo and our brothers from the Niger Delta areas are in support of a referendum and would vote for Biafra.
“We have been consulting widely and I can tell you that there is a lot of support for this demand.
“Even people in some parts of Kogi and Benue states want a referendum because they wish to be part of Biafra; I am talking of the Igalas, the Idomas, the Egedes.
“These people support the idea of a referendum because they all want Biafra. So, we are confident that the coming rallies to push for a referendum would be well received.”
In the continued detention of IPOB’s Leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Edeson said: “We will like to tell the police and the Department of State Services to open up their prisons and detention facilities to accommodate more of us.
“We are ready to be arrested and detained when we commence the rallies to demand a referendum – the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu cannot stop us.
“Even if they continue to detain him (Kanu), or release him today, we will still go ahead with the demand for a referendum.
“Nothing can stop us.”