Biafra conflict does not seem to have an end. There is a new issue with it. We are talking about the Biafra International Passport. The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) claims that it`s an internationally recognizable valid document. Is it true? Read the article to find out.
MASSOB and Republic of Biafra Passport
One year ago, MASSOB`s National Director of Information gave an interview to Vanguard newspaper. The name of this MASSOB`s Director is Sunny Okereafor. He addressed the Federal Government of Nigeria with a demand that they should stop threatening Biafran passport holders.
Sunny Okereafor promised that the Republic of Biafra passport would soon be valid. Even today, he assures that this passport is valid across the globe by many countries in North and South America and even Europe.
He also assures that the neighboring Ghana can allow traveling in the borders of the country with the Biafra passport. Sunny Okereafor also claims that the only country that refuses to accept the passport is Nigeria. He accuses the Nigerian government of a hostile propaganda against Biafra.
MASSOB spreads the information that citizens of Biafra can use their passports for travel. MASSOB also claims that holders of Biafra passport are more welcomed in Europe than the holders of Nigeria passport.
According to the information from MASSOB, you can buy the Biafran passport for N5000. If you lose the passport – you can renew it! The price to renew the passport is only N2000. MASSOB also denies any reports about people who were turned back at airports because of this passport!
Is Biafran Passport Valid?
The Punch has however, reported that neither the UK nor USA has accept the Biafran Passport. The USA and British officials do not recognize any document from the Biafran Republic. USA representative - Frank Sellin expressed the official position of the USA regarding this issue. According to this official statement, Biafra passports can`t be considered valid if you want to get USA visa.
Joe Abuku, who is the spokesman for the British High Commission, also stated that the Great Britain would not treat Biafra passport as a valid travel document.
Despite these reports from various newspapers and news sources, MASSOB keeps assuring people that Biafran passport is a valid travel document. Still, one year has passed, and there are no reports that any country has recognized this passport. Even if it`s, in fact, a propaganda from the Nigerian Government, MASSOB has not proven the validity of the Biafran passport.
What makes a passport invalid?
There are various reasons for that. Even your misspelled surname or name in the passport can result in possible problems abroad. Regarding the Biafra International Passport, there is only one issue. Biafra is not recognized as a country yet. It`s true that there are supporters of Biafra in different countries across the globe! Nevertheless, there is no country who has officially acknowledged Biafra. It means that these passports will be only recognized in Biafra.
Therefore, according to the international laws, passports of breakaway regions can`t be considered as valid documents. Despite this, MASSOB keeps assuring people to use Biafran passports for traveling abroad.
However, after the referendum, the situation may start changing. What do you think? Write your opinion in the comments below.