Minister of Information and Communication, Lai Mohammed, has spoken out over the decision of United Kingdom to grant asylum members persecuted members of IPOB and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) who seek such over alleged persecution, describing the decision as a disrespect to Nigeria.
According to media reports, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) had issued some guidelines on how to consider granting asylum applications to IPOB and MASSOB members.
But Lai Mohammed believes such decision by the UK is an insult to the Nigerian and will frustrate the country's efforts in fighting terrorism in the country.
Lai Mohammed made the statement on Tuesday during an interview programme on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that he believes the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is competent enough to handle the issue because that is under his purview.
He said that if the report that the UK is considering granting asylum to members of IPOB and MASSOB, then there is something wrong somewhere.
He said for the fact that IPOB is not just proscribed but categorized as a terrorist group here in Nigeria, the decision from the UK is disrespectful of Nigeria as a nation, and that such a decision will sabotage Nigeria's fight against terrorism and generally play down the country's security.
He set example with the deliberate attacks on police stations and police facilities in the South-East, and said that IPOB has been fingered to be behind the attacks.
In 2017, the Nigerian government had proscribed the IPOB group and labelled it a terrorist group due to the activities of the secessionist group in the country. As some of us still remember, the proscription had attracted mixed reactions from members of the public, but the federal government believed it was the right decision to make to curb the threatening activities of the group.
There have been several search actions taken by the Nigerian Army for members of IPOB and ESN in a bid to neutralize their activities in the South-East.
So Lai Mohammed believes that if the UK makes the decision of granting asylum to persecuted IPOB and MASSOB members, it would be a slap on Nigeria's security, and will also undermine the country's efforts at fighting terrorism in the country.
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