Asylum To IPOB, MASSOB: Northern Groups Blast UK


The Coalition of Northern Groups has lampooned the United Kingdom for saying it would grant asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of Biafra.

VANTAGE NEWS reported that the UK in a document released in March said it would drant asylum to persecuted members of IPOB and MASSOB.

The Federal Government through the minister of communication and culture, Lai Mohammed, had since frowned at the move, describing it as disrespectful.

Reacting, the Spokesperson for the Coalition of Northern Groups, Abdul-azeez Suleiman, in an interview with The PUNCH said the move did not come as a surprise to the group.

He said, “We at the CNG are not surprised at the development because we saw it coming a long time ago and issued an early warning. While we don’t support Nigerian government’s opposition to the asylum offer by the UK, we still remind the international community that as a country, Nigeria has given a fair share of friendship and support to its friends across the world.

“Apart from the effort to keep the peace and foster mutual relationships, Nigeria has never done anything to undermine its international friends and partners.

“However, available evidences tend to rather suggest that these long term friends and allies have become directly or indirectly complicit in the xenophobic, hateful and violent campaign for Biafra especially by IPOB.

“The United Kingdom, for instance, has provided Nnamdi Kanu with the platform to incessantly insult and threaten Nigeria and Nigerians with violence and anarchy. In one such instances, he openly said that if Nigeria did not give them Biafra, “Somalia will look like a Paradise.”

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