By Anthony Ogbonna
The Federal Government has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has written petition letters to many government outside Nigeria, telling them that Nigeria is a country where there is genocide and that Nigeria is a country where Muslims persecute Christians.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday when he appeared on a live TV programme “Good Morning Nigeria” on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
The Minister also said that those countries IPOB has written to are known to the Federal Government of Nigeria and that some of them are the ones supporting and funding IPOB’s activities in Nigeria.
Alhaji Mohammed however said that most of the countries supporting the group were doing so based on ignorance.
He said the countries had been hoodwinked by IPOB into believing that “Nigeria is a country where Muslims persecute Christians” and a country where there is genocide.
“As we speak today, IPOB has written letters to many Governments outside Nigeria, international parliaments sending fake and cloned videos claiming there is genocide in Nigeria.
The minister charged the international community not to adopt double standard in dealing with IPOB and to be more diligent before making any pronouncements.
He said what the countries would never accept in their territories, should not be encouraged in Nigeria.
He said the federal government is equally taking steps to block all avenues through which IPOB gets its funding.
“Terrorists do not publish where their funding are coming from. But we know the countries that are supporting IPOB.
“We know the sources of their funding though I am not at liberty to disclose them here.
“We are taking steps to block them and we are also taking a lot of diplomatic actions in respect of the countries that are supporting them”.