The Presidency draws the attention of Nigerians and the international community to a misleading campaign spearheaded by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), using false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.
In a statement, the Presidency says very deep and wide investigation by an agency of the government, working with international partners has uncovered that there are two, interconnected campaigns being run concurrently by IPOB in this regard.
It explains that both are using the cover of Christianity, and calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to stop the false claim of genocide of Christians in Nigeria.
The Presidency says the real purpose of IPOB’s false claim is to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK or European allies.
It says for reasons of convenience, the IPOB leader claims to have an interest in the welfare of Christians, but that his assertion is a ruse.
The statement notes that IPOB leader believes that the case for independence is strengthened by the deceit that the Nigerian government is autocratic, which engages in a silent slaughter of its own citizens along religious and ethnic lines, and that therefore the only viable option for the unique religious and ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate from Nigeria.
The Presidency urges Nigerians and the international community 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, according to the statement, consists of producing articles in the names of the alleged Christian NGOs and leaders of campaign groups, created at the time the Public Relations contract with a US lobby firm was signed, and letters to and from members of Congress to the White House.
The Presidency says It is clear from IPOB’s dubiously, well-funded campaign in the US and UK or 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.
The Presidency reiterates its advice to Nigerians and the international community to ignore the campaign as they had disregarded similar ones in the past, which were originated by IPOB, a terrorist organisation in Nigeria.
It says nternational groups and societies are welcome to send representatives to Nigeria and give a lie to the false claims made by the terrorist group, which 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.