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No evidence German president expressed support for Biafra secession from Nigeria

A report by the Biafra Star claims German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has praised Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, for his “courage on Biafra struggle”. 

The report, published on Thursday 11 July 2019, claims Steinmeier “visited Israel on Wednesday” where he expressed the support “while speaking with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the crises in south Cameroon, Nigeria and Biafra”.

“He [Steinmeier] comment on Nnamdi Kanu, for his courage to move on with Biafra agitation in the midst of challenges, it is a matter of time, Biafra will become a Nation,” the report reads

Steinmeier last visited Israel in 2017, and photo unrelated

An internet search found no record of Steinmeier visiting Israel in the past year. 

The German president’s most recent official visit to Israel was in May 2017.

The photo used in the report was taken on 4 April 2017 when Steinmeier spoke to the European parliament in Strasbourg, France. Africa Check could also not find any trace of a credible link between Steinmeier and Biafra.

In the past months we have researched a number of claims that world leaders support the call for the secession of south-east Nigeria as the nation of Biafra, and found them to be false. – Allwell Okpi


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