Mixed reactions hit presidency, as Yoruba nation partners IPOB in UN Protest
The presidency has expressed apparent shock over the recent cooperation between the Yoruba nation and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Reacting to the viral protest of the Yoruba nation in the United Nations, yesterday, wherein the former was seen unequivocally throwing their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the presidency described the situation as a shocking and worrying development.
It would be recalled that the agitators under the umbrella of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), on Tuesday, protested at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, US.
NINAS refers to itself as a “multi-ethnic alliance of the indigenous peoples of the Middle Belt (part of the former Northern Region), Ilana Omo Oodua (the former Western Region) and the Lower Niger (Former Eastern & Mid-Western Regions)”.
In a statement on Wednesday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, stated blankly that the Yoruba nation agitators may not be taken seriously as a result of its preceived collaboration with IPOB.
According to him, “For Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform – the United Nations General Assembly – to garner attention to their causes is not unexpected,” Shehu said.
“It was, however shocking, to see “Yoruba Nation” advocates yesterday unequivocally throw their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). IPOB is a designated terrorist organisation. It has now publicly revealed a 50,000 strong paramilitary organisation.
“It regularly murders security services and innocent civilians, with a significant uptick of violent attacks this year. And it is currently attempting to hold Nigerian states hostage with orders to stay at home under threat of terror.
“Without doubt, Nigerians and the entire world will judge Yoruba Nation by the company it keeps. No one can take seriously this organisation if it continues its IPOB association. When their allies systematically trample human rights, it raises sober questions about their claims to uphold the values of the UN.
“The cooperation is a worrying development, once parsed with Yoruba Nation’s increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria. Actions and associations speak louder than words. Yoruba Nation’s talk of human rights promotion must therefore be ignored.”
Meanwhile, the presidency, through Shehu used the medium to Implore the media to work with the government and focus attention on core issues as President Muhammadu Buhari goes to the UN.