Following a three-day ultimatum issued yesterday by the Boko Haram sect, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has alerted the Igbo living in the North to remain calm and get ready to defend themselves against possible threat to their security and existence.
Boko Haram, through its spokesman, Abul Qaqa, had issued the three-day ultimatum to Southerners and Christians in the North, warning them to leave the zone, saying that the soldiers deployed by the Federal Government to enforce a state of emergency ‘will only kill innocent Muslims in the local government areas where the state of emergency was declared.’
Reacting to the ultimatum, MASSOB leader, Ralph Uwazuruike, said: ‘We want to assure all Nigerians that they are safe wherever they may be residing.
‘I urge Ndigbo wherever they are to stay calm and be vigilant. We are aware of the present challenges confronting our people now that our leader, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, has passed on,’ Uwazuruike said.
He also added, ‘MASSOB is collaborating with the Igbo leadership in closely monitoring the situation in the north and would inform our people on appropriate course of action as events unfold. We are watching events and will inform Ndigbo at the appropriate time.’
The police in Abuja also dismissed the ultimatum as empty threat. The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Yemi Ajayi, said the police were ready to frustrate attacks on innocent people.
The Nigeria police has the mandate of protecting lives and property and we will continue to discharge that responsibility without fear or favour,’ Ajayi had said.