The Oasis Reporters
September 23, 2017
The United Kingdom has said that they have no knowledge of a request from Nigeria to shut down Radio Biafra, run by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a diplomatic way of calling the Nigerian Information Minister an outright liar.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, had said the Federal Government approached the British government to shut down the radio, established by the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, but received an unfavourable response.
“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,” he had said.
However, reacting to the claim by the Minister, Joe Abuku, spokesman of the British high commission, in a statement on Friday, said if the UK had received such a request, it would have considered it carefully.
“The UK is not aware of any representation from the Nigerian government about Radio Biafra,” he said in a statement.
“Were we to receive any such request, we would, of course, consider it carefully on the basis of the available evidence, recognising that freedom of speech and expression carries responsibilities.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide on New Media, Reno Omokri had reminded the Mr. Lai Mohammed that he is Information Minister and not Propaganda Minister.