Presidency Accuses Yoruba Nation Agitators of Violent Rallies, Warns Against Partnership With IPOB

The presidency accused the Yoruba Nation agitators of organising ‘increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria.”

The presidency on Thursday said it was “shocking to see ‘Yoruba Nation’ advocates yesterday unequivocally throw their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, said this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr Shehu also accused the Yoruba Nation agitators of organising ‘increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria.”

Both Yoruba Nation agitators and IPOB was separate countries to be excised from Nigeria. While the Yoruba Nation agitators want an Oduduwa country for the Yoruba’s of south-west Nigeria, IPOB wants a Biafra country for Igbos. Both organisations claim to want peaceful separation from Nigeria.

IPOB has however been designated a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian government which accuses it of carrying out violent attacks against officials of the state.

Read the full statement by Mr Shehu below.


For Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform – the United Nations General Assembly – to garner attention to their causes is not unexpected.

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.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government will continue its work at the UN- to fight against corruption and illicit financial flows, and international cooperation.

If we want to see stolen funds returned to their rightful home in Nigeria, the government must continue to campaign for and coordinate global action on asset recovery.

The government will remain the leading regional actor in the fight against global terror – particularly against threats emanating from the Sahel. Through the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps programme, the country also shares technical expertise with countries from the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific.

At the same time, the administration is implementing a programme of environmental sustainability to combat developments which destroys Nigerian communities in vulnerable regions.

Only through the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development can we secure a prosperous future for Nigeria.

As the largest country in Africa, the government takes seriously its leadership role and will continue to strive for continental unity, cooperation, and shared prosperity.

Our expectation is therefore for the media to work with the government to focus attention on the core issues the President, the leader of the country has on his programme.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

September 15, 2021

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