The leader of the Biafran Zionist Federation, a news group agitating for separation from Nigeria Benjamin Onwuka, on Monday declared an independent “Republic of Biafra” and named himself president.
In what appeared a laughable move, Onwuka said “it is not a joke.”
Surprisingly the new secessionist leader Former Nigeria Information Minister Jerry Gana, who is from Niger State, North Central Nigeria and Labaran Maku, from Nasarawa, also from North Central as ministers of transportation and aviation respectively.
He also announced Pat Utomi as his Minister of Foreign Affairs and Nnia Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, was named ambassador of the Biafran Republic to the United States.
While naming former Nigerian Central Bank Governor Chukwuma Soludo as governor of the central bank of Biafra, the leader BZF named Barth Nnaji, a Nigerian former power minister, as energy minister.
Arunma Oteh, a former director-general of securities and exchange commission, was named the Biafran minister of finance while Beni Lar, a member of the house of representatives from Plateau State, was name secretary to the government of the federation of Biafra.
Amarachi Ubani of the Channels TV and Mary Okafor, were named ministers for information and trade and industry, respectively.
Onwuka named Gabriel Oluwole Osagie as minister of education and Philip Effiong as health minister.
Onwuka said the republic will officially come to life on Tuesday while he also reeled out the names of the ministers in his cabinet and their portfolios.
He claimed that ex-US president Barack Obama supported the independence of Biafra Republic before leaving office, although he did not provide any evidence to back his claim.
“We have formed an interim government that will be in place till the next 30 days. The interim government will take off on August 1 and last till August 31, 2017,” he said.
“America is behind the Biafra people because former President Barrack Obama already endorsed Biafra before he left office and President Donald Trump will not go against it considering that it has formed part of America’s foreign policy.”
He called on Niger Delta militants leaders to support the new republic and defend them.
“I am also calling on the avengers, the militants to come out from the creeks and join us to defend and protect Biafra. I’m beckoning on Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Ateke Tom to come out and join us. I am calling on all our boys in Biafra land to come out. I’m not afraid, the US is with us.”
His announcement elicited laughter from journalists present at the declaration of secession in Enugu.
Reacting, Onwuka who did not name a vice-president, said: “This is not a laughing matter.”