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IPOB Spends $85,000 monthly to Frustrate FG’s Activities – FG

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wants an independent country of Biafra, made up of the
Igbo-speaking part of Nigeria, largely in the
South-eastern part of the country.

The group was outlawed in Nigeria after the
federal government accused it of terrorist although most of its programmes and protests have been largely peaceful.

The presidency has released the statement Above accusing an outlawed separtist group of
working to discredit the Nigerian government
internationally, particularly in the U.S. and in a statement on Sunday by President Muhammadu
Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu. He accused IPOB of waging a smear camapign to accuse the
Nigerian government of encouraging the
persecution of Christians.

Nigerians and the international community are
advised to be wary of this divisive campaign,
which available evidence shows is being funded with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since October 2019, with no records of the source of this largesse,

Mr Shehu wrote.
“Nigerians and the international community are
advised to be wary of this divisive campaign,
which available evidence shows is being funded
with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since
October 2019, with no records of the source of
this largesse,” Mr Shehu wrote.
The leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, is
currently on exile abroad after he jumped bail
from his trial for treason in Nigeria
Full statement of Mr Sheru:
IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING
CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE
NIGERIAN STATE
The Presidency wishes to draw the attention of
all citizens and the international community to a
most misleading campaign spearheaded by the
so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
using false allegations of persecution of
Christians against the Nigerian State.

A very deep and wide investigation by an agency
of the Nigerian government, working with
international partners have made us become
aware that there are two, interconnected
campaigns being run concurrently by the IPOB in
this regard.

Both are using the cover of Christianity – and
calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to
stop the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria.

But
the real purpose is to drive a wedge between the
Nigeria government and its US and UK/European
allies.

IPOB leadership of course self-proclaims as
“Jewish,” a position not shared by the generality
of the members.

For reasons of convenience, he claims to have
an interest in the welfare of Christians – but this
is a ruse: the case for independence, the leader
believes, is strengthened by “proving” the
government of Nigeria is “autocratic”, engaged in
a “silent slaughter” of their own citizens along
religion and ethnic lines – and that therefore the
only viable option for the unique religious and
ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate
from Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are
advised to be wary of this divisive campaign,
which available evidence shows is being funded
with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since
October 2019, with no records of the source of
this largesse.

The campaign consists of producing articles in
the names of the alleged Christian NGOs’ leaders
(of campaign groups created at the time this PR
contract with a US lobbying firm was signed) and
letters to and from members of Congress to the
White House.

The American charity secured a meeting with US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has made
presentations to the US Commission on
International Religious Freedom.

Some Members of Congress have
clearly been persuaded there is indeed a
“Christian persecution” underway in Nigeria –
and do so quoting the campaign – and they are
known to be taking up the case directly with the
White House to appoint the special envoy.
There is also a UK and European angle of the
Campaign, which is more opaque than its US
sister campaign – given there is less legal
requirement for public filings – but what is
known of this at the moment is that their Budget
is sufficient to hire four PR firms in the UK,
Belgium, France and the US (the latter additional
to the above).

They have founded an “NGO/Charity” and a
linked web-based campaign named “Stop the
Silent Slaughter” which is well designed and
complete with video “evidence”-completely
concocted.

Members of the alleged Christian NGO have had
multiple Op-Ed articles in conservative news
websites promulgating their message of a
“Christian Genocide”.

Some of those articles
have also been used as “evidence” in the sister
US campaign.

Two of those conservative news websites were
co-founded by the owner of the UK PR firm they
have hired to generate their publicity as well as
an OP-Ed article in the name of a British MP
who may have been convinced by their campaign
under false pretences.

It is clear from all of the above that the IPOB’s
extraordinarily and dubiously well-funded
campaign in the US and UK/Europe is misusing
the issue of the welfare of Christians purely to
further their own political ends, and it seeks to
damage inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria as well
as to damage the international reputation of
Nigeria. International groups and societies are welcome
to send representatives to Nigeria and give a lie
to the false claims made by these terrorist
groups who are duping them of their money and
involving them in conduct and activities
disguised to destroy the harmonious relationships
existing between their home countries and
Nigeria. Nigerians and the international community are
hereby advised to ignore this campaign as they
have disregarded similar past campaigns
originated by this group which has been
designated as a terrorist organisation by the
Nigerian State. They secured a MPs debate on the “Christian
Genocide” in the House of Commons in which
staff member of the UK PR was referenced as
the “private secretary” to the leader of the UK-
based Charity. They have secured additional coverage in France,
EU and Germany.

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