The claim that Portuguese sailors named Biafra is false. They only “note the name of the place and the people,” said Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Nigerian separatist group – the Indigenous people of Biafra.
Using a 17th century map that noted Biafra, the separatist leader said that the British anglicized Biafra as Biafara to obliterate it from history.
“Here is a 17th Century Map of BIAFARA, yes (BI-AFARA) not yet Biafra but BIAFARA.
“Note that Biafra is the anglicisation of name BIAFARA which was a deliberate ploy by the British to remove any link between the indigenous Biafaran people and the name BIAFARA. Till today there is a region called Anglia in England the same way you have Afara in Biafara.
“I am from AFARA in Ibeku, the same Afara we have in BI-AFARA. Fortuitously it was in this same AFARA that Biafra’s last capital was headquartered between 1969 to 1970. Okpula Isiokwe is the sacred ancestral ground of Isiama people of Afara and it was at that same spot our eternal leader General Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu housed his government. From that same Afara shall Biafra be restored not to be extinguished ever again.
“Biafara Regnvm means Kingdom of Biafara as stated clearly on the map below. It was not an earthly kingdom with men wearing its crown, it was the Kingdom of Heaven on earth with God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama on the throne.
“What IPOB is doing is too deep, too spiritual and too divine; if you are not in the spirit you will not understand it. Mere mortals don’t know what BIAFARA restoration is all about.
“Portuguese sailors had nothing to do with the naming of BIAFARA. All they did was note the name of place and the people. When you are not educated enough to discuss issues above your station, simply shut up, keep still and allow yourself to be tutored,” Mr. Kanu said in a statement on Monday.
Mr. Kanu, who leads Nigeria’s largest separatist group in the renewed effort to secede from Nigeria, has been in exile since 2017 after government forces raided his home in Umuahia killing at least 28 people.