Biafra originated from Ijaws & not an Igbo affair says Asari Dokubo | NN NEWS

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The Chairman of the Biafra De Facto Customary Government and the leader of Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF) Mujaheed Asari Dokubo, has said that the name ‘Biafra’ is not an Igbo affair.

He said that Biafra nation originated from the Ijaw entity, a tribe in Bayelsa, Delta and other states in the South-south. 

Dokubo, in a brief interview with Arise Television, monitored by POLITICS NIGERIA on Wednesday, revealed that the term ‘Biafra’ was coined by an Ijaw man and was originally proposed by the Ijaws and not the Igbos. He also criticized the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB for wanting to create an ‘Igbo Biafra’. 

He said; “Ijaw is Biafra. Ijaws are divided between the Bight of Benin and the Bight of Biafra. We are the owners of Biafra. Biafra is an Ijaw name, we own it” 

“The territory identified as Biafra is Ijaw. Maybe a little ibibios towards the end and Oron people.” 

“The real Biafra, the name Biafra, the geographical location Biafra is Ijaw and a little Oron and a little bit Ibibio.” 

He further revealed that the real geographical location of Biafra is Ijaw stressing that “in 1967, the Eastern Consultative Assembly was convened in Enugu and then Frank Opigo, an Ijaw man, moved the motion that Biafra should be adopted as the name and it was accepted. 

“Then on the 30th of May, the Republic of Biafra was declared which included the eastern region within our territory, so Biafra has nothing with Igbo,” he said. 

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