BNL made this known while disclosing the outcome of its recent emergency security meeting in Bakassi Peninsula area of Cross River State.
Its Deputy National Leader and Head of Operations (BBS Media), Ebuta Akor Takon, who disclosed the outcome of BNL’s emergency security meeting, said that the group resolved not to pose threats to inhabitants of Bakassi and the entire Biafran supporters in the South East and South South.
BNL said that the issue of unknown gunmen should not scare their followers away from the struggle. It said that though the group is yet to identify who the gunmen are, those sponsoring them and their motives, it is in collaboration with other groups in the South East to reach out to the gunmen. It urged the people of the Peninsula and also the Igbos in the South East to go about their normal businesses, adding that “it is our duty to protect you and not to harm you”.
BNL refrained from condemning the activities of the gunmen, especially the recent attacks in Imo State, arguing that the attacks did not affect individuals.
Meanwhile, the group has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Attahiru, to cease operations in Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom State, following the killing of soldiers by hoodlums. It insisted that the recent military operations in the town are alarming and could lead to the attacks escalating elsewhere.
BNL alleged that the attackers of the military have gone into hiding, adding that the army has turned its guns on innocent residents.
BNL said that the problem in the South East and part of South South should be handled with care as the revolt may worsen.
The group reminded the Nigerian Government of how Cameroon has become a war zone as the government failed to apply dialogue to deal with secession issues.
The group also asked the army to vacate major roads in Bakassi area of Nigeria where the army is said to be conducting stop-and-search.