Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, has blasted the British Government for shutting down efforts to close down the Radio Biafra of the IPOB group which is located in the United Kingdom UK.
The Minister of Information and Culture made this statement at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday 20th September 2017 during a News Conference.
Lai Mohammed lamented that despite all the efforts made by the Nigerian Government to shut down the Radio Biafra because of its crime and atrocities, the British Government is hiding under the expression of freedom of speech.
He told the Newsman:
Who does not know that the IPOB internal radio is located in London? We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the UK, all the damages it (Radio Biafra) has done, but they don’t see it that way; for them (the British government), it is about freedom of expression.
If we have a person in Nigeria openly soliciting arms to come and fight the UK, what would you think of? Would you consider that freedom of expression? And this is a country that also has had a history, what did Iraq do to be labelled a terrorist organisation? They were planting bombs, they were fighting the British army.
I don’t want any diplomatic row, we know for a fact where the funding is coming from, and we are going to stop them, but it is difficult to stop them, and we have been working on it, and we will not stop.
But the British Government replied him and said that why they have not shut down Radio Biafra is because they have not received any request from the Nigerian Government concerning closing down of the Radio Biafra with evidence as at why it should be shut down.
The British government said is not a deliberate act.
The British statement
The UK is not aware of any representation from the Nigerian government against Radio Biafra.
Were we to receive any such request we would of course consider it carefully on the basis of the available evidence, recognizing that freedom of speech and expression carries responsibility.