Yoruba Nation, a group of secessionists, has been advised by the presidency to remain mindful of their relationship with the outlawed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).
On Tuesday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, issued the warning while reacting to the protest held by both groups at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Using placards and chanting protest songs, the self-determination agitators called on Nigerian leaders and stakeholders to rise up and fight for secession.
Shehu says protesting is a legitimate right, but it is not proper for demonstrators to associate with a terrorist group. Shehu noted the atrocities of IPOB, which has already established a paramilitary organization of 50,000 members.
“For Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform – the UN General Assembly – to promote their causes is not unexpected.”
It was shocking to see “Yoruba Nation” advocates yesterday unambiguously support Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“IPOB is a terrorist organization. The organization now boasts 50,000 members.
The group regularly murders security officers, innocent civilians, and has increased the number of violent attacks this year. And it is currently attempting to hold Nigerian states hostage, ordering them to stay at home under threat of terrorism.
Yoruba Nation will be judged by the company it keeps without a doubt by Nigerians and the entire world.
This organization cannot be taken seriously if it continues to be affiliated with IPOB. When their allies systematically violate human rights, it raises serious doubts about their claims that they uphold the UN’s valuWhen paired with Yoruba Nation’s increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria, the cooperation is alarming. Actions and associations speak louder than words. Yoruba Nation’s talk of human rights promotion must therefore be ignored.”