Military authorities in the Country have warned groups (Biafra agitators) or unpatriotic elements threatening to make the country ungovernable because of their narrow interests, to have a rethink and desist from such, as the armed forces were fully mobilized and ready to crush acts of sabotage.
The Defence headquarters in a statement signed by the Acting Director
of Defence Information, Brig-General Rabe Abubakar said, “The attention
of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been drawn to some newspaper
publication by a group of persons threatened to embark on acts of
sabotage against the Nigerian state”.
“The DHQ hereby warned that the military and other security agencies
will not condone any acts by individuals or group that is capable of
breach to security and economic sabotage in the Niger Delta or in any
part of the country.
“This is because the nation’s interest is above that of individual or group’s interest.
“In as much as the military recognizes the supremacy of the
Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression and association, the
constitution also frowns against individuals or groups hiding under it
to stir up trouble and insecurity in the land.
“Any individual or groups who have genuine complain or grievances
should use the available means of dialogue for amicable resolution but
certainly not violence, as it will not be tolerated.
“The DHQ will continue to partner with other security agencies to
protect and provide enabling environment to all citizens to engage in
their respective and legitimate businesses without fear of molestation.
The Military’s reaction followed the Movement for the Actualization
of the Sovereign State of Biafra’s threat yesterday to make Nigeria
ungovernable if the Federal Government failed to conduct a referendum in
MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups, including the Indigenous People
of Biafra, are demanding a referendum in the region to enable the people
decide, through voting, whether they wish to secede, or remain in
The Biafra activists claim that majority of people in the region would vote in favour of a separation from Nigeria.
In a statement, which was made available to Vanguard, MASSOB said it
had concluded plans, with other pro-Biafra groups, to disrupt governance
in the country, if the Federal Government would not conduct the
National Director of Information, MASSOB, Samuel Edeson, who signed
the statement, said the agitators would fight the Federal Government
with ‘everything’ at their disposal.
He said the group intended to instigate civil disobedience, and strikes, particularly in the South-East, and Lagos.
Edeson added, “MASSOB and other pro-Biafra agitators will make
Nigeria ungovernable if the Nigerian government failed to conduct
referendum in Eastern Nigeria.
“We shall use everything at our disposal to fight the Nigerian government, especially through civil disobedience.