Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, an ex-militant and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF), says Biafra “belongs to the Ijaw” and does not belong to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
In 1967, when the Republic of Biafra was declared, Frank Opigo, an Ijaw man, gave the name Biafra, which was adopted by the Eastern region. No one can deny that the area known today as Biafra belongs to the Ijaws, Ibibios and Orons and not the Igbos.
In an interview with Arise TV, he said: “Ijaw is Biafra.”. We are the owners of the territory of Biafra together with the Ibibios and Orons. Eastern Ijaws were part of the Eastern Region in 1967, and the Eastern consultative assembly convened in Enugu, and Francis Opigo, an Ijaw man, proposed the name Biafra. Igbo have nothing to do with Biafra. It is undeniable that the area known as Biafra is Ijaw. On May 30, the Republic of Biafra was declared which included the eastern region within our territory, so Biafra has nothing to do with Igbo,” he said.
Dokubo declared he was so convinced of the historical claim and challenged anyone with facts to disprove it.
It is revealed in the book, the 12-day Revolution, that the late Ijaw revolutionary, Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro, was Biafra long before that country even existed.
To explain why he and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu can’t get along, Dokubo said that Kanu wants an Igbo Biafra, taking the name of the Ijaws and other minorities, which are not Igbo.
Kanu, instead of calling for an inclusive Biafra, wants an Igbo Biafra, so he will say that Chukwuokike Abiama, the god of Igboland, is the god of Biafra. Chukwuokie Abiama, who is he? I do know him. It is not an Ijaw word.
“He says Biafra is a Jewish state. I’m not Jewish. I will never be a Jew. My ancestors are superior to Jews. The Jews tell a story that they were chosen. No, my ancestors were chosen. It is only a tyrannical god that will choose one person above others. We did not lobby God to create us. Anyone who believes that God has a chosen people is satanic and that God is a forerunner to Hitler.
“So, I am an Ijaw man, a Kalabari Ijaw man. Kanu said Islam will not be in his Biafra and I said No, which one is your Biafra? The Biafra that I know is Ijaw.
“I have no business with Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB as long as it does not concern Biafra. When you call Biafra, I’m included in Biafra and I will stand up as a Biafran that does not include me. I am a Muslim, I am not a Jew.
Asari noted that there is a distinction between IPOB and Biafra.
He said: “I don’t know if IPOB is Igbo, even though I have Igbo blood flowing in my vein, I am not an Igbo man today”.
“My great ancestor, Nagbogbo Ari was originally an Igbo man from Ogbom in Abam. His parents moved to Obosi in present-day Anambra State. From there, he came to Kalabari. King Amachree acquired him from the Aro people who came with him to Elem Kalabari and he became a Kalabari man. He died in the 1820s as the richest and one of the wealthiest men of his time”