The Presidency says the choice of Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform, the United Nations General Assembly, to garner attention to their causes is not a surprise, but it is rather shocking to see “Yoruba Nation” advocates unequivocally throwing their weight behind a proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is a designated terrorist organisation and has now publicly revealed a 50,000-strong paramilitary organisation.
According to him, Nigerians and the entire world will, without doubt, judge the Yoruba Nation by the company it keeps. The Presidency is, therefore, surprised that the Nigerian diaspora groups could express their support for a group like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The cooperation is a worrying development, once parsed with Yoruba Nation’s increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria.
He stressed that nobody can take the Nigerian diaspora groups seriously, if it continues with its IPOB association. He also cautioned that when their allies systematically trample human rights, it raises sober questions about their claims to uphold the values of the United Nations.
He further described the IPOB as an organization that regularly murders the country’s security agents and innocent civilians and has an increasing history of violent attacks this year.
Mallam Shehu also accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, of attempting to hold the Nigerian states hostage with orders to sit at home and under threat of terror.
He explained that actions and associations speak louder than words, therefore, the Yoruba Nation’s talk of human rights promotion must therefore be ignored by the world at large, adding that the government of Nigeria will continue its work at the united Nations, including to fight against corruption; to promote international cooperation and to curb all illicit financial flows.