Support for IPOB: France, UK deny Lai Mohammed’s claims
France and United Kingdom have denied granting any form of support to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Both countries in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday said they are strongly in support of Nigeria’s unity.
The French government denied any knowledge of IPOB presence in its country, saying it is strongly in support of Nigeria’s unity.
In apparent reaction to the statement made by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that the bulk of IPOB funding from diaspora supporters came through France, the Political Counsellor, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Mr. Claude Abily, said the statement was shocking to the French government.
Abily said his country has been cooperating with Nigeria in the area of security.
The statement reads: “The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made yesterday (Wednesday) by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the ‘financial headquarters’ of IPOB was in France.
“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point.
“We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement.
“Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the country.”
On its part, the British government said it was not aware of any representation from its Nigerian counterpart about Radio Biafra.
The statement reads: “The UK is not aware of any representation from the Nigerian government about Radio Biafra. Were we to receive any such request, we would of course consider it carefully on the basis of the available evidence, recognising that freedom of speech and expression carries responsibilities.” Source: The Nation