Nnamdi Kanu, a pro-Biafra political activist has said that the organization he leads, the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is peaceful.
Kanu meanwhile insisted that if IPOB is being pushed to the wall, it wouldn't mind “war”.
”Let these be clear: I come in peace, not war, ” diaspora-based Kanu said on his known Twitter handle on Tuesday.
“IPOB is committed to non-violence, but will never be cowardly. #ESN is about self-defense, not offense.
“My abiding mission is to restore Biafra peacefully but if you want war, you will surely get it, sooner than later. THANK YOU.”
Kanu leads IPOB which campaigns for independence for Nigeria's south-eastern region, where the ethnic Igbo people form the majority.
Kanu, who also has British nationality, uses his social media pages as a key platform to communicate with his followers around the world.
53-year-old Kanu had been arrested in Lagos and locked up for months.
He fled Nigeria after he was released on bail, in September 2017 amid a major standoff between the separatists and the army in his home state of Abia. It was then IPOB was proscribed and pronounced a terrorist organisation.
His trial for treason remains open. But Kanu remains popular among a significant number of Igbo youth.