THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has said it has the right to pursue the independent state of Biafra under international law.
A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, stated that Biafra had been in existence before the coming of British colonial masters to Nigeria.
“A perfect example of this is the United Kingdom where the Scots, Welsh, Irish and the Anglo-Saxons maintain their indigenous identities as different people but of the British citizenship. In the same way, the indigenous people of Biafra are Nigeria by citizenship but Biafra by indigenous identity,” the statement said.
“The Ancient Map of Africa in 1662 showed the three kingdoms in West Africa from where the new country called Nigeria was created by the colonial masters. The three kingdoms were as follows: The kingdom of Zamfara in the North, Kingdom of Biafra from the East: and the kingdom of Benin in the West.
“These three kingdoms existed on the map of Africa for more than 500 years before Nigeria was created in 1914.
The kingdoms of Biafra and Benin shared common boundaries and had the Atlantic Ocean in the South with direct access to the sea, through their bays known as Bight of Biafra and Bight of Benin…”