Former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Ateke Tom, has denied reports in a section of the media that he gave President Muhammadu Buhari a 14-day ultimatum to grant the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) the right to establish the Republic of Biafra, or he would resume armed struggle.
Ateke Tom also debunked reports that held a meeting with leaders of IPOB and other secessionist groups.
IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been pushing for the sovereignty of the former Eastern Region as Republic of Biafra.
Speaking through his spokesman, Ifeanyi Ogbonna, Ateke Tom, who is the leader of the defunct Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV), reiterated his warning to members of the public against using his pictures without his consent.
Stressing that there was no such meeting and he never threatened to declare war on the Buhari-led government, Ateke Tom traced the allegations to his detractors even as he called on Nigerians to support the current administration.
Ateke’s spokesman said, “The High Chief has no time for such talk and he has been in his village of Okrika and has nothing to do with any Biafra meeting. Nigerians should be patient with the Buhari-led government and support him. Buhari is a good man; he is a peace-loving man”.