‘Delta is not part of Biafra Republic’

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during a protest. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during a protest. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

The Delta government has dismissed move by members of a group to term the state as part of Biafra Republic. It warned them to steer clear of the state in the cause of their agitation.

The Secretary to Government (SSG), Mr. Festus Ovie Agas in a statement said that in recent times, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have intensified their agitation for the realisation of their desire for an independent entity out of the present day Nigeria.

He noted that the campaign has been in the form of rallies across various towns and cities in the South-East, often extending to South-South states, notably Rivers and Delta.

Part of the statement reads: “Faced with this situation, it has become imperative for the Government of Delta State to make this clarification to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding regarding the status of Delta State in the renewed Biafra agitation.

“While some communities in the state may have cultural affinity with the people of the South-East, it is clearly a patent error for anybody
or group to suggest or insinuate that Delta State, or more specifically, the Anioma people have been or are part of the South-East that is supposed to make up the proposed Biafra Republic.’’

He emphasised that the people of the present Delta State have always occupied a unique position in the Nigeria federation and were never part of the Southeast as being suggested by the Biafran agitators.

The SSG, therefore, rejected the inclusion of Delta State without her consent in the proposed Biafra Republic.

He also warned against restive activities in the state.

Members of the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) and MASSOB had in Warri, during a peaceful rally to mark 17 years of non-exodus agitation towards actualization of their desire for a Biafra nation, allegedly alluded to Delta State as part of the states under envisaged republic.



12 Comments
  • barriga bello

    “biafra republic” is a mirage – an illusion in some dementiated minds. Those advocating for it just love conflict. But let them be aware, the other parts of Nigeria (those who abstained) will not run away from conflict. They will meet the conflict head-long. Go down memory lane –

    • Ibu Anyi Danda

      You quota system almajiri boy , focus your attention on the Kwashiorkor and polio that are ravaging your people, and stop talking about Biafran issue that is beyond your intellect. Hail Biafra.

  • mefonna

    TThe zoo called Nigeria is on borrowed time….and will continue with its unimpeded fall into abyss. Biafra predates Nigeria, Biafra shall outlive Nigeria and one-Nigerianists. This is the hard reality that the Jihadist Buhari and those in his category who have consistently proved that they belonged to the centuries of the past failed to appreciate.This time around, we will drive it into their consciousness where it must sink forever!You said you will not talk about Biafra but you are now not only talking about, you are also singing and dancing to her rhythm .

  • mefonna

    The zoo called Nigeria is on borrowed time….and will continue with its unimpeded fall into abyss. Biafra predates Nigeria, Biafra shall outlive Nigeria and one-Nigerianists. This is the hard reality that the Jihadist Buhari and those in his category who have consistently proved that they belonged to the centuries of the past failed to appreciate.This time around, we will drive it into their consciousness where it must sink forever!You said you will not talk about Biafra but you are now not only talking about, you are also singing and dancing to her rhythm .

  • Mazi JO

    Mr. Festus Ovie Agas, you have the inelianable right to belong where you may. I do not know why it took decades for you to realize you did not belong in the old Western Region. You know in the National context of Nigeria, the name Biafra incorrectly is synonymous with the Igbo. If it is what you’re trying to avoid, you are mistaken. The notion also proposed by your ilk that the January 1966 Coupe’ headed by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu, Bless his Nationalist Soul, was an Igbo Coupe’ is retarded. If you do not know, by every account, your locality in that era was Western Nigeria which by all accounts was where the Major enlisted from. For the fact that he bore an Igbo name became suspect and made these facts burdensome in the scope of his thinking and for the Nation as well. Agitations against the Nation has been the Bread and Butter of the old Western Region – The Awo’s of Yorubaland, The Boro’s of Itshekiri Kingdom to count but a few were all paying allegiance to Ibadan. Am I right? What happened during the war was Karma for the Delta out post. The Igbos through the Nation brought closer to home when they risked everything and extracted your ‘hynnies’ from the ironclad claws of the Odua empire. Now you are going to turn around and spit in the face of those who have shepherded you in times trouble for trying to know once and for all their fates in the Country that have frustrated them since inception. Please let the Group negotiate their destiny to the peace of the landscape. You are not bigger than the Achuzias the Nwawos the Edjoors the Okwechimes who were the living or the dead characters in this drama. I a nationalist. We are stronger in the mainstream by being in unity. But meanwhile let the Country like a father to all re-asses the ill towards the agitation of Biafra.

  • Ify Onabu

    Anioma is not part of Biafra, period. We wish the ‘ Biafrans’ well in their agitation, but our people are not part of it.

    • igboham

      good for you – now go convince Buhari so that next time he will not kill your people..

  • igboham

    Does Delta State have the consent of her people to be part of Nigeria?

  • AriseNigeria

    Anybody can say what it wants to say, Delta or any South-South States has nothing to do with Hausad and Yorubad kingdoms, Biafra is the eternal home of the Eastern Nigeria before 1970, and we will return back to our fold. Nobody or power can divide us again. United We Stand to defeat our common enemy-Hausad and Yorubad, Nigerian Exploiters in Chief

    • OshyLike

      You must be born after 1967. Do you realize that not all people in the now named South-South were part of Eastern Nigeria before 1970?

  • Joe Chucks

    some people are born like a bat not belonging to the birds of the air nor beasts of the field.
    Honestly, I really would like the so called Delta people to be free in a referendum to choose where they
    want to belong if Biafra is realized. Certainly, the Igbos in Delta will be happy to join Biafra where their kins belong
    to. Its funny how some stupid people in government speak their whacked minds in the name of their people
    who say and think otherwise. In reality when there is problem in Nigeria or time to share national cakes,
    majority of Deltans are regarded as Igbos and easterners .E.g PMB said Igbos are not marginalized in his appointment because Kachikwu is Igbo and even called Emefile Igbo too and same is applied when there is war and crisis up north,they are all regarded as Igbos, attacked and killed as Igbos.

  • james_grim_teacher

    Are we still on this dead Biafra thing?

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