Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has criticised Super Eagles players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi for displaying the Nigerian flag after their FA Cup victory in England, United Kingdom.
Both Iheanacho and Ndidi play for English club, Leicester City and their team defeated Chelsea with a lone goal from Youri Tielemans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday to lift the oldest trophy in England.
In their celebrations, both players who are Nigerians from the Igbo tribe, displayed the Nigerian flag.
However, they were criticised by the IPOB leader who noted that it shows they do not support his agitation for the state of Biafra.
Kanu, who has been a thorn in the flesh of the Nigerian government for his resilient and dogged call of Biafra nation and self-determination of the Igbo people expected the two compatriots to show support for his cause.
Kanu on his Twitter page on Sunday expressed his displeasure at the Nigerian internationals, citing a case of Spain and Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, who openly shows support for his native region, Catalonia.
“Gerard Pique is a World Cup winner with over 103 caps for Spain. He never turned his back against Catalonia freedom. Severally, he has shown open support for Catalan freedom.’
“But our Iheanacho & Ndidi with #Zoo flag?” 💔 💔
“Difference btw White man & his Black counterparts.”
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) May 16, 2021
However, many people see comparing Catalonia and Biafra as completely out of point, as they are two different entities and Biafra has ceased to exist legally.
Spain and Catalonia
It is worthy of note that Catalonia, has been an autonomous community of Spain, created in accordance with the Spanish constitution of 1978, with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make up Spain and that Spain is not a federation, but a decentralised unitary country.
While sovereignty is vested in the nation as a whole, represented in the central institutions of government, the nation has, in variable degrees, devolved power to the communities, which, in turn, exercise their right to self-government within the limits set forth in the constitution and their autonomous statutes.
Each community has its own set of devolved powers; typically those communities with stronger local nationalism have more powers, and this type of devolution has been called asymmetrical. Some scholars have referred to the resulting system as a federal system in all but name, or a “federation without federalism”.
There are 17 autonomous communities and two autonomous cities that are collectively known as “autonomies“. The two autonomous cities have the right to become autonomous communities, but neither has yet exercised it. This unique framework of territorial administration is known as the “State of Autonomies“.
Nigeria and Biafra
Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970 during the Nigerian Civil War. Its territory consisted of the Eastern Region of Nigeria, but dissolved and rejoined the country in 1970.
|Republic of Biafra|
|Historical era||Cold War and Decolonisation of Africa|
|• Established||30 May 1967|
|• Rejoins Federal Nigeria||15 January 1970|
Here are some other photos of their celebrations after the FA Cup victory;