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Asari Dokubo claims Biafra belongs to the Ijaws not Igbos

Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF), Mujahid Asari-Dokubo has revealed that the Biafra nation originated from the Ijaw entity, a tribe in Bayelsa, Delta and other states in the South-south

Asari Dokubo

According to Asari Dokubo, Biafra is an Ijaw name and has nothing to do with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as led by the embattled secessionist, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

While speaking in a television interview in Yenagoa, the ex-militant recalled that an Ijaw man called Frank Opigo, gave the name Biafra, which was according to him was subsequently adopted by the Eastern region and was used in 1967 when the Republic of Biafra was declared.

“Ijaws are divided between the Bight of Benin and Bight of Biafra. We are the owners of Biafra. Biafra is an Ijaw name. The territory identified as Ijaw is Biafra with parts of Ibiobio and Oron,” he said.

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.

Asari Dokubo, who was recently in a face-off with the embattled IPOB leader over alleged mismanagement of fund, said the history is contained in a book authored by an Ijaw revolutionary, Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro.

Prior to the rearrest of Nnmadi Kanu from an undisclosed country, Dokubo had threatened to clampdown on the secessionist who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services pending the resumption of his trial.

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