Benin socio-cultural group, Great Benin Descendants (GBD) Worldwide, has asked the outlawed Independent Peoples of Biafra to stop including Benin kingdom as part of its enclave.
The group said that the Benin kingdom that has existed for more than 5,000 years had nothing to do with Biafra.
Addressing journalists in Benin City, Imasuen Izoduwa, the Coordinator-General of GBD, also cautioned the Ijaw in Benin kingdom, whom he said were becoming antagonistic by their utterances and actions against the Benin kingdom.
Izoduwa said that the GDB frowned on a statement credited to the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, that South-South geopolitical zone is part of Biafra.
He described the statement as an aberration to the pre-colonial and post-colonial history of Nigeria.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Izoduwa said his group had identified over 36 ethnic nationalities from the South-South and South East that have traced their roots to Benin and wondered where Kanu is getting his claims from.