The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has hired a new American lobbying firm to seek the support of the U.S. government for its secession bid.
Premium Times reported that the one-year deal would cost Kanu and IPOB $750,000, which is over N300m at the current official exchange rate of N410 to $1.
It was reported that the deal was signed in February with Kanu’s signature for the service of BW Global Group (BWGG LLC), co-owned by Jeffrey Birrel and Alan White, registered in Washington D.C.
This agreement took effect on March 1, 2021, months after an earlier agreement with a U.S.-based lobbying firm, Mercury Public Affairs LLC, expired.
“Details on these deals were obtained from contractor registration statements and agreement documents filed to the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Unit.”
“According to the filings by BW Global Group (BWGG) after the negotiations concluded in February, Mr Kanu engaged the firm to undertake “political activities” on behalf of IPOB in the U.S.”
The activities include involvement with the US government, Congress, and the US Department of State (the equivalent of Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry) and engaging policymakers on IPOB’s behalf.
In addition to advocating for IPOB within the US government (including Congress and the State Department), the registrant (BWGG) plans to engage policymakers and opinion leaders in other ways, as well.
Mr Kanu, Rita Eze, and Mr White, a co-owner of BWGG, signed the agreement on February 24, 2021.
Part of the document states, “BWGG shall provide the IPOB with human rights and democracy promotion services, as well as acting as an advocate for the indigenous people of Biafra.”
BWGG may also provide other similar services from time to time by mutual agreement with the IPOB.