Nation of Biafra or Biafraland is beyond the areas occupied by the Igbo-speaking people of Biafra. It spans from Itsekiri land on the western boundary with Oduduwa to Bakassi on the eastern boundary with the Cameroons.
Pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, stated this yesterday stressing that it is not only the Igbo-speaking people of the five eastern states that make up Biafra but other nations as well.
According to a press statement from IPOB spokesmen, Barr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, “Biafra also stretches from Idoma and Igala lands on the northern boundary with Arewa or northern Nigeria to the Bight of Biafra, which is south of the beautiful Island of Bonny.”
The statement continued: “in the present-day contraption called Nigeria, the nation of Biafra consists of the following states: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers.
“Biafra also includes Igbanke in Edo State, Igala in Kogi State, and Idoma in Benue State,” the statement disclosed.
“The footprints of Biafra listed above show that this great nation is not populated by only the Igbo-speaking people. It is also important to note that the last head of state and commander-in-chief of Biafra was not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland.”
“Biafra is a nation where different languages are spoken but irrespective of the varying languages, the people have a common value system – four market days and a unique traditional clothing (two-piece wrapper) for every Biafran woman. It is instructive to note that Igbo is just one of the languages in Biafraland. Even the Igbo language has different dialects as someone travels from one community to the other or from one state to another state.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is using this press statement to advise people who speak or write out of ignorance on the history and geography of the nation of Biafra to desist from doing so.
“Recently, some self-serving individuals and moribund groups have pigeon-holed Biafra into Igbo. They interchange and juxtapose Biafra and Igbo as if both are synonyms. The restoration of the nation of Biafra is not an exclusively Igbo cause but involves all the rest of the clans in Biafra. Therefore, it is misleading for any misguided relevance-seeking individual or group to seek to restrict Biafra to an Igbo affair through their mischievous newspaper interviews.


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