The Presidency has reacted to the ongoing protest by a Coalition of Separatists omOrganisations at the United Nation headquarters in New York, United States of America.
Members of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, NINAS, have stormed the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday, urging world leaders to facilitate the conduct of a referendum in Nigeria.
The Coalition of Agitators for self-determination consists of southerners and Middle Belt people, under Ilana Omo Oodua, Lower Niger Congress and the Middle Belt Movement, led by Prof Banji Akintoye, Tony Nnadi and Yusuf Turaki respectively.
The Muhammadu Buhari Presidency has, however, attacked Yoruba Nation agitators, saying they cannot be taken seriously as long as they associate with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is accused of committing many atrocities.
A statement signed by Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Wednesday said: “For Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform – the United Nations General Assembly – to garner attention to their causes is not unexpected. It was, however shocking, to see ‘Yoruba Nation’ advocates yesterday unequivocally throw their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
“IPOB is a designated terrorist organisation. It has now publicly revealed a 50,000 strong paramilitary organisation. It regularly murders security services and innocent civilians, with a significant uptick of violent attacks this year. And it is currently attempting to hold Nigerian states hostage with orders to stay at home under threat of terror.
“Without doubt, Nigerians and the entire world will judge the Yoruba Nation by the company it keeps. 𝗡𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗜𝗣𝗢𝗕 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. When their allies systematically trample human rights, it raises sober questions about their claims to uphold the values of the UN.
“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐮𝐛𝐚 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚. 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬. 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐮𝐛𝐚 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐝.
“𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐍- 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐈𝐟 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲.
“The government will remain the leading regional actor in the fight against global terror – particularly against threats emanating from the Sahel. Through the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps programme, the country also shares technical expertise with countries from the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific. At the same time, the administration is implementing a programme of environmental sustainability to combat developments which destroys Nigerian communities in vulnerable regions.”
“Only through the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development can we secure a prosperous future for Nigeria. As the largest country in Africa, the government takes seriously its leadership role and will continue to strive for continental unity, cooperation, and shared prosperity.”
“Our expectation is therefore for the media to work with the government to focus attention on the core issues the President, the leader of the country has on his programme.”