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.
This was disclosed by the ex-militant during an AriseTV interview on Wednesday, July 28.
According to him, 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.
Dokubo 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.
Meanwhile, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved N12.8 million assistance for 641 Borno candidates who qualified for the final screening in the recruitment into the Nigerian Army.
Zulum declared the assistance on Wednesday, July 28, in Maiduguri in a farewell address to the candidates; who are preparing to leave for the final screening exercise in Falgore Forest in Kano State.
The governor disclosed that each candidate would get N20,000.
He further said N15,000 monthly allowance would also be provided to them throughout the period of their training.
Zulum urged them to be good ambassadors of the state; adding that the state hoped most of them to be recruited would be deployed to Borno; to deal with the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
“I commend your patriotism for choosing to enlist into the Army. However, as citizens of Borno, I advise that you should be good ambassadors of our state,” Zulum said.