The Presidency has faulted Yoruba Nation agitators for ‘keeping association’ with Indigenous People of Biafra.
This was contained in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Wednesday.
The statement is a reaction to an ongoing protest by Yoruba Nation, IPOB agitators, and others at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The Nigerian government also threatened to judge the Yoruba Nation agitators by the company they keep, saying that no one should take them seriously.
Part of the statement read, “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 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.”