Find Out How Many Countries That Supported Biafra

With the Nnamdi Kanu court issue going on, there are some foreign countries who have shown solidarity and support to the Biafra movement. You shall learn in this article those countries who have continuously advised the government of Nigeria to not only release Nnamdi Kanu but show concern to the needs of the Biafran people.


How Many Countries Supported Biafra?

Nigeria as we know was formed by the British government in 1914 and gained her independence in 1960. After the independence of the country, oil was found in oloibiri, Bayelsa and became Nigeria’s main source of income. During the period of oil discovery, the then military leaders who were mostly northerners used the proceeds to enrich themselves, forgetting that the people of the region where oil was discovered in Nigeria. Then came the civil war which was an attempt to proclaim the Republic of Biafra. On seeing this move, the military authorities created a large number of states to weaken the movement.

This idea led to a bloody civil war in the late 60-ies of the last century. History had it that on 31 May 1967, the government of the Eastern region of Nigeria headed by Odumegbu Ojukwu announced the separation from the federation and became the independent Republic of Biafra. This was rejected by the then Nigerian government headed by Yakubu Gowon which brought about the civil war. One country that supported Nigeria during the war was England who were in serious opposition of the movement. They supplied the federal army with weapons and military equipment from England.

One thing these military leaders never knew was that sidelining a particular tribe or ethnic group would have a serious effect in the future, that was why it didn’t surprise people that after years of the Biafra civil war, various radical groups armed themselves for the struggle. What was their plight you might ask? They were seeking for the greater autonomy for their territories and more control over their local natural resources which the northerners had control over.

By August 2005, MASSOB leader made it clear that the Igbos needed to fight for sovereignty and independence which is non-negotiable. Prior to that, the Nigerian government made arrests of hundreds of MASSOB activists for participating in actions in support of the establishment of the Republic of Biafra. Some of them were accused of treason. This movement is especially popular among the youths, who were not involved in the civil war.

Foreign Countries that Supported the Biafra Movement

You might be asking-how many countries are supporting Biafra? Well, it was no surprise that most countries stood for the unity of Nigeria while others stood for the Biafra struggle. For records, only a few stood for Nigeria especially those who had vested interest in the oil. Countries like the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, the Arab countries. were in support of the unity of Nigeria while France, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, China, and Israel supported the Biafran struggle.

These countries that supported Biafra helped during the war with food and sometimes with weapons. Ojukwu established oil extraction sufficient for the purchase of weapons and created a network of offices on the recruitment of mercenaries. The balance of power was never in favor of the Igbos or south south. Infact, the United Nations refused to recognize Biafra and in September 1968, the Organization of African Unity told Biafra to abandon the idea of independence.


Foreign Countries That Suppot The Biafran Movement

Why the Struggle of Biafra Independence From Nigeria Can’t Be Weakened

Most war veterans do not believe that the separation of Biafra republic from the Nigeria is possible at all. While the generation that experienced the civil war is gradually fading, the scars of the war can not be healed as the stories have fizzled in the minds of the youth. The worst part of it is that the leaders have also not learned from the war not to side-line the tribes who cater for the nation with their resources. Nigeria as a country is ranked first in Africa and the eighth in the world in terms of exports of minerals, but more than 70 percent of its population lives below the poverty line especially the places where these minerals are found.

Nigerians, who live in Biafra, feel that the government is stealing from them. That is why the issue of militancy and agitation for an independent Biafran state is so strong coupled with the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu. For example, most of these militant groups gave a lot of troubles to the federal authorities by bombing oil pipe-lines to weaken the economy. In September 2004, the idea of militants to unleash a ‘full-scale war’ in the country and to strike primarily foreign companies, which extracted oil in the delta Niger, according to analysts, was one of the factors that influenced the rise of world prices for black gold to the record (at that time) level of $ 50 per barrel. Five international companies are currently involved in Nigerian oil extraction: ‘Exxon Mobil’, ‘Shell’, ‘Total’, ‘Chevron Texaco’ and ‘Agip’.

With the arrest of Nnamdi kanu alone, that even heightened the situation as series of protest in many places around Nigeria and even in foreign countries are always going on to show that the idea of the struggle of Biafra independence can never die from the minds of Biafrans.


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I am simply known as Ikenwa Chizoba, a seasoned blogger and the Founder of Nigerian Infopedia. A very simple person who loves writing, reading and research.


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    1. Chinweotito

      Give of biafra biko

  1. Ogbonna Divine c

    great to know this countries supported Biafra
    reg no. 2015054147
    quiz no. 49

  2. Justin Ezeolisah

    do Biafra really deserve this supports huh! 2015054131

  3. chukwuma norman Agughagwo

    Actualisation of Biafra is too late will only bring division and tribalism among the people.In one Nigeria we stand(73)

  4. Wow !that’s very nice to hear that we have countries that are on our side (142)

  5. Anyadubalu Somto 2015054112


  6. Ndubuisi Miracle Queen

    very serious issue… ..(93)

  7. ogochukwu nwazelibe

    hmm God please help nigeria (120)


  9. Obi ketockuwu

    Biafra All the way (71)

  10. Ezeolisah Justin

    perfect supports in a time of need. 2015054131

  11. Obi ketochukwu

    long live biafra (71)

  12. Ogbonna Divine c

    Great support for Biafra

  13. nwazelibe ogochukwu

    hmm.. God help Nigeria (120)

  14. Ndubuisi miracle queen

    very serious

  15. okeke augustina c

    its only God’s hand that the fate of Nigeria lies(125)

  16. Ndubuisi miracle Queen

    very serious (93)

  17. Ojukwu Obianuju benedeth

    quiz no:79

  18. obi ketochukwu

    Biafra all the way (71)

  19. Is good to have Biafra so that everybody will feel at home.

  20. It is a thing of joy to hear that some countries are in support of Biafra struggle.

  21. Biafra is the home of any black man because we represent the light the truth .

  22. Daniel orackwelu

    are we sure we are ready for this biafra 2015054062 quiz no 50

  23. Ezeifesie Lilian onyenye

    let us for get this biafra of a thing and make Nigeria a better place 2015054065 quiz no75

    1. Chima biafra

      It can’t happen again we want our freedom to hell with Nigeria

  24. danielorakwelu

    Let think twice before action
    2015054062 qiuz no 50

  25. This is very wonderful to know. I think I will help to provide more data on this

  26. ifiorah chioma p.

    its very good to know that these countries supports biafra.God help us (80).

  27. Biafra 049

  28. libs

    If Biafra interest is basically on development I don’t think they should leave instead support hand with Nigeria government for the development of the country

    1. english B

      How will u want biafra to join hand to develop this country when one tribe possess the born to rule mentality

    2. Awogor

      our voices are not heard, the Nigerian government does consider the Biafran’s region when it comes to development.

  29. If Biafra interest is basically on development the I don’t think they should leave instead support hand with Nigeria government for the development of the country (073)

  30. Good one we have other countries supporting us (074)

  31. If Biafra interest is basically on development the I don’t think they should leave instead support hand with Nigeria government for the development of the country (073)

  32. liberty osiobe

    if Biafra interest is basically on development then I don’t think they should leave instead support hand with Nigeria government for the development of the country (073)

  33. chinaza blessing

    good one we have other countries supporting us nice one (074)

  34. E j c

    If the zoo need another civil war let them have it. all hail biafra. am ejc8-):@;>.them wan die:D.we don get biafra. Zoo=animal8-)

  35. oparah ositadinma

    if you are not in support of biafra,you better stop saying rubbish and close your dirty mouth.

    1. lkkobjjiujn


  36. chinedu

    Biafra must come Buhari u must sign this

  37. Thinkright

    Important statistics for the biafrogs:about 2 million pple died in d civil war by extrapolatn 10million may die now if war breaks out not to talk of destruction of properties. I guess this is what these biafrogs want.

  38. Sima victor

    Biafra all the way

  39. Innocent

    Long live the Igbos long live biafra

  40. Alphons

    Let me tell you mr. thinkright frog:You must let us be, And have our Biafra because you are not part of us.wether 2 or 3 million people died during the nigeria biafra civil war this because there was no social median or radio translation that makes other countries knows what was going on. Today everything are possible.

  41. Ndubuisi Emelogu

    no time is late too to actualise biafra, we need to put more effort, whatever it takes we do it to actualise it because our people are suffering and smiling so much in this Nigeria..

  42. Godwin

    Biafra is my son even my first born so, and I say to u let my son go that he may serve me and if thou refused to let him go behold i will kill ur son even ur first born son exd4:22-23

  43. Kkkkkkkk

    This people that are saying Biafra Biafra. Have ever really sat down to think about how dis ur Biafra will set Nigeria backward and the rest of Africa by extension. There is no way Biafra can exist even in referendum. So my innocent Igbolites stop allowing some useless Nmmdi Kanu to be wasting d lives of hard working young men of Igbo extract, and making money from their blood

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