Claim: A Facebook user, Prince Emmydon Emeka, posted a short video on the social media platform claiming that the Biafra Flag was spotted on President Muhammadu Buhari’s car during his visit to Imo State.
The claim is false. The flag hoisted on the President’s car is one of the official presidential flags, symbolizing his office and position as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On Thursday September 9th, President Muhammadu Buhari visited Imo State, where he commissioned some projects and met with Southeastern leaders.
The presidential visit comes in the midst of The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).
Before the president’s visit, there was speculation that Kanu’s loyalists would be given an order to sit down At home to protest against the incarceration of the embattled secessionist.
However, no security breach was found during the President’s visit because he commissioned some infrastructure projects and was going as planned t met with stakeholders in the region.
In the meantime it was alleged that the Biafra flag was hoisted on his car.
The voice-over claimed there was a Biafran flag, a Nigerian flag and the Nigerian coat of arms on the vehicle of the President.
The questioned vote:
“What is this Biafran flag? on this Toyota Land Cruiser … can someone explain that to me? ”
The video posted by a Prince Emmydon Emeka was shared over 1,000 times with over 100 comments at the time of filing this report.
This newspaper was also checked by looking at the flags about a high-quality video of the visit that Posted on Facebook by one of the presidential advisers, Tolu Ogunlesi.
Additionally, a live video of the presidential visit from BBC News Pidgin shows the issue in question Car with one green-white-green flag on the left and the other flag (incorrectly called the Biafra flag) on the right.
The flag in question has four Colors (red, black, white and green).
In contrast to Emeka’s flag, the flag symbolizes the office of the president and his bottom sition as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, declared President Ogunlesi.
The flag is normally used during official negotiations alongside the common Nigerian flag Flag shown behind the President’s seat as seen in the picture below:
Unlike the President’s flag, the flag of Biafra has only three colors, red, black and green.
In addition, the black color of the flag of Biafran features a golden rising sun that cannot be seen on the flag of the presidential car.
The Republic of Biafra was declared a secessionist state in 1967. This led to a civil war that ended in 1970. Although the republic ceased to exist, IPOB supporters still use the flag to renew the succession.
The claim that the Biafran flag hoisted on the President’s car during his visit to Imo is wrong . The flag on the President’s flag is one of the official flags of Nigeria. It symbolizes the office of President and the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The IPOB order to sit at home did not affect Buhari’s visit – Uzodimma
Earlier, Imo State Governor Uzodimma said the sit-at-home policy would not affect President Buhari’s visit to the state.
Uzodinma noted that the order was only watched on social media platforms, adding that residents of the state were delighted to see the president’s visit and came out to greet him.