Fake News Alert: One of the obvious ways of spotting a potential Fake news is keen observation …this piece was carried by major Nigerian news sites but how true is it ? well you decide. Vanguard Dailypost
- No Detail about the so called group could be found on google. There are no Pictures, No History, nothing to suggest that the group had actually existed in the first place despite the article saying there were Journalists at the event.
- Its very hard to escape google these days.
- If the name sounds too generic,its probably pulled out of thin air and fake. GBD….huh..!
- We know anonymous groups keep popping up everyday in Nigeria, if it sounds new, you should probably check it out.
Now i could be wrong and stand to be corrected but, its highly likely no such press release occurred, no such group exists or was just formed out of nowhere so take what you read below with a grain of salt.
The question regarding as to where the boundaries of a new Biafra state begins and ends has been hit with another obstacle as a faceless Benin socio-cultural group, Great Benin Descendants, GBD.
The group has warned IPOB not to include over 36 ethnic nationalities from the South-South and South East that have traced their roots to Benin in their Biafra.
As ridiculous as this may sound, the socio-cultural group also warned the leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, against including Benin kingdom as part of its enclave even though there’s been no record of such claims by IPOB.
However considering the 36 new ethnic nationalities from the South-South and South East the groups claims has links to, it’s anyone’s guess where the new Benin land starts and ends.
GBD’s coordinator,Mr.Imasuen Izoduwa issued the warning in Benin City yesterday while speaking to journalists , where he also noted the Benin kingdom that has existed for more than 5,000 years could not be part of Biafra.
The socio-cultural group frowned on a statement where the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, was quoted as saying that South-South geopolitical zone is part of Biafra.
History easily remembers that the term Biafra is a borrowed word from the Portuguese colony in present-day Cameroon and a supposed secessionist nation borrowed a name that is foreign to them saying the statement was an aberration to the pre-colonial and post-colonial history of country.
“Kanu should be taught how the Benin people and their descendants controlled the South-South, part of South East and South West.”
“He should be taught that it took the British to cut off our power and give it to some selected few which the Igbo are the biggest beneficiary.”
“Otherwise, people like Nnamdi Kanu wouldn’t have the effrontery to place older ethnic groups who have been in these places for more than 5,000 years under the wings of a group that is purportedly claiming to have come from Israel about 2,000 years ago.
Hence we wish to warn IPOB and their supposed plan that no inch of South-South’s vast and rich land is theirs.”
On the recent verbal exchanges between the Benin and Ijaw over ownership of lands in the kingdom, GBD added, “However, we might have abandoned our way of aggression after the unfortunate episode of 1897 but we have not lost it.
“Maybe a little refreshing of the minds of these modern Ijaw youths in our lands should be appropriately done by their elders about who the Benin people were.”
He further cautioned the Ijaw youth living in the kingdom to stop being “antagonistic by their utterances and actions against the Benin kingdom.”