19 August 2018

Nigerians in Diaspora Group Cautions U.S. Firm Over Alleged Biafra Group Suit

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The United States Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has reacted to a report claiming an American law firm is allegedly "gathering evidence to charge Nigerian President and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for successfully containing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB)."

The group asked the purported firm to focus on issues in U.S, "leave Nigeria alone and avoid being deceived by IPOB."

Pasca Ogwola, Coordinator, USA/Canada, NDMG made the statement on Sunday.

According to the statement,

The United States Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has learnt with disappointment that some Nigerians are being misled by news that an American law firm is gathering evidence to charge President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for successfully containing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB)."

"The claims made by one of the lawyers for the firm are ordinarily laughable.

The firm "apparently lied to the inconspicuous audience he addressed at Chicago State University, USA earlier this month by creating the impression that there is a case against the Nigerian government and military before the ICC. It was a classical American Lawyer trick to con money out of unsuspecting people and this was adequately exposed when he said "litigation moves slowly. Patience, unity, and FINANCIAL support are indispensable to success."

The Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) condemns (the firm) said it condemned, "in very strong terms for this attempt to promote disaffection in Nigeria."

The Nigerian group advised the firm to seek professional intervention and "focus his efforts at helping victims that abound in the US where ethnic minorities and persons of colour are at risk of being killed by policemen for the least infractions conceivable."

"These are the cases he can successfully take to the ICC and not Nigeria that had to battle the odds to contain the terrorist threats posed by IPoB."

"We note that President Buhari and General Buratai, are on the other hand dutifully serving and protecting the citizens of Nigeria from IPoB.

"We appeal that this commitment to protect citizens must be sustained especially at this time of the year when the military usually stage Operation Python Dance in the south-east of the country."

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