Yoruba Nation agitators have accused Buhari’s Presidency of using divide and rule to paint the agitators bad, ahead of their protest at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
They said this in a reaction to an earlier statement by the Presidency asking them not to associate with IPOB.
The Presidency had threatened to deal with Yoruba Nation Agitators based on the association they keep.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Wednesday, read: “It was, however shocking, to see “Yoruba Nation” advocates yesterday unequivocally throw their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
“Without doubt, Nigerians and the entire world will judge Yoruba Nation by the company it keeps. “No one can take seriously this organisation if it continues its IPOB association.
“The cooperation is a worrying development, once parsed with Yoruba Nation’s increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria.”
Reacting, the Spokesperson for the Agitators, Maxwell Adeleye, accused the Presidency of attempting to use divide and rule tactics.
He said: “The ongoing NINAS March opposite the United Nations Headquarters in New York has now caused the Nigerian Presidency a serious headache
“We put the Fulani Oligarchy on notice that the biggest March is holding on 24th September, the day President Buhari will address the United Nations General Assembly.
“While we respect their rights to association and loyalty to their beliefs, we want to state very expressly, again, that NINAS or Ilana Omo Oodua has nothing whatsoever to do with IPOB.
“Garba Shehu should stop this unintelligent attempt to play divide and rule game. He merely wanted to paint the struggle bad which has failed.
“Nigerian Government should address our six-point demands – Abolition of 1999 Constitution, conduct a Referendum, end to Fulani Genocide, Declaration of Miyyeti Allah a Terrorist Organisation, Etc and stop being petty.”
NINAS is the umbrella body for self-determination Groups in the South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria with Ilana Omo Oodua representing the Yoruba Land, Lower Niger Congress representing the South-South and South-East and Middle-Belt Rennaissance Movement representing the Middle Belt Region.