Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity revealed this in a recent statement.
According to him, FG has uncovered 2 interconnected campaigns being run concurrently by the IPOB in that regard, and it has to stop.
He added that the real aim of the campaigns is to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.
His words, “IPOB leadership of course self-proclaims as “Jewish,” a position not shared by the generality of the members.
“For reasons of convenience, it claims to have an interest in the welfare of Christians – but this is a ruse.
“The case for independence, IPOB leadership believes, is strengthened by `proving’ the government of Nigeria is `autocratic’, engaged in a `silent slaughter’ of citizens along religion and ethnic lines – and that, therefore, the only viable option for the unique religious and ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate from Nigeria.”
“Unfortunately, some Members of Congress have clearly been persuaded there is indeed a “Christian persecution” underway in Nigeria – and do so quoting the campaign – and they are known to be taking up the case directly with the White House to appoint the special envoy.
“The American charity secured a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has made presentations to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
“There is also a UK and European angle of the Campaign, which is more opaque than its US sister campaign – given there is less legal requirement for public filings.
“But what is known of this at the moment is that their Budget is sufficient to hire four PR firms in the UK, Belgium, France and the US (the latter additional to the above).
“They have founded an “NGO/Charity” and a linked web-based campaign named “Stop the Silent Slaughter” which is well designed and complete with video “evidence”-completely concocted.’’
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