Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to brace up to fill the leadership need the world critically requires at the moment.
The group also called on President Umaru Yar'Adua to release all its members presently detained across the country, or be prepared for an all-out violence.
MASSOB in a press briefing in Lagos tagged, "The Celebration of Obama's Inauguration by Biafrans", challenged the new U.S. President to provide America and, indeed, the world the needed pragmatic leadership that would change things for good and ensure global peace.
"We, the people of Biafra, are celebrating your victory and inauguration as the new President of the United States of America (USA) today. Your victory is a pride to America, Black Africa, with particular reference to the people of Biafra.
"As we Biafrans are here rejoicing on your swearing-in, our leader, Ralph Uwazuruike is already in the U.S. for the same purpose. We believe very much that his presence will create requisite global awareness about our unabated request for freedom," it said.
The release, signed by Eze Calistus, Regional Administrator of the group stated further, "We have been under total occupation by Nigeria for over forty years with marginalisation, injustice, hatred, dehumanisation and decisive destruction of lives and poverty of the people of Biafra."
The group urged the Federal Government to release without further delay, its members languishing at different jail.
"We want the Federal Government to release all our members in detention and allow Biafrans to go their ways. It is not by force that we must live together. It is our fundamental right to demand for our freedom as guaranteed by the United Nations (UN), to which Nigeria is a signatory.
"We have suffered untold hardship under Nigeria as slaves, and we have vowed not to continue to suffer this injustice. We want to go where we will be appreciated as a people and have abiding unity," he said.