The Presidency has alleged that the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has amassed a large stockpile of weapons across Nigeria.
The allegation was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.
The Presidency in the statement titled, “Why Amnesty entreaties should be ignored”, said that “Amnesty International’s latest salvo at Nigeria is but more of the same.”
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The statement reads in part: “Again, they have decided to side with terrorists, before the liberty of those they injure, displace and murder.
“Speaking the language of universal human rights, Amnesty International deploys it only in defence – even outright promotion – of those that violently oppose the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Parroting the line of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, a proscribed terror organisation, they work to legitimise its cause to Western audiences.
“This puts them in bad company. Controversial American lobbyists are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to do the same, laundering IPOB’s reputation in Washington DC.
“IPOB murder Nigerian citizens. They kill police officers and military personnel and set government property on fire.
“Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.”