Nigerian FG: UK impudent, subverting war against extremism
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
April 21, 2021
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Exasperated by the recent decision of the United Kingdom to offer asylum to the persecuted and proscribed Biafran separatists organizations, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, the Nigerian Federal Government have described it as disrespectful of Nigeria as a sovereign nation.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, stated that the decision amounted to betraying and subverting the war against insurgency and generally undermining Nigeria’s security.
Alhaji Mohammed, while answering questions at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) all-important interview program, NAN Forum, yesterday in Abuja, said the decision is unacceptable to Nigeria as a country.
He said, “Let me say straight away that this issue is within the purview of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and I am sure he will handle it appropriately. But as the spokesman for the Federal Government of Nigeria, I will say that if indeed the report that the UK will grant asylum to supposedly persecuted IPOB and MASSOB members is true, then something is wrong somewhere.
“Against the background of the fact that IPOB is not only proscribed but also designated as a terrorist organization here in Nigeria, the UK’s decision is disrespectful of Nigeria as a nation. The decision amounts to sabotaging the fight against terrorism and generally undermining Nigeria’s security. It is not only unconscionable, but it is also inexplicable.’’
The Information Minister noted that there had been intensified attacks against security agencies in the South East Zone of the country recently.
He revealed that IPOB had been fingered as being the brain behind the continuous attacks in spite that the group consistently denied the allegations.
“For the UK to choose this time to give succor to IPOB beggars belief and calls to question the UK’s real intention. If we could go down the memory lane, what the UK has done is like Nigeria offering asylum to members of the IRA before the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement,’’ he added.