The United Kingdom has blamed Nigeria for the continued operation of pirate Radio Biafra which the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, uses to preach emotionally charged messages calling for the actualisation of the defunct Republic of Biafra.
The radio station domiciled in the UK was established by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) with Mr. Nnamdi Kanu as Director.
Kanu, also a British citizen, operated the radio on behalf of MASSOB and later took over the radio as a megaphone of IPOB.
The British government seems not happy with reports credited to Nigerian information and culture minister Lai Mohammed, who insinuated that the UK had not shut the radio station.
A terse statement released on Thursday by Mr. Joe Abuku, Press and Public Affairs Officer, British High Commission in Nigeria, said the “The UK is not aware of any representation from Nigerian government about Radio Biafra.’’
“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.’’
The minister recently accused some people in France and United Kingdom of having links with the proscribed IPOB.
According to reports, Mohammed was quoted that that “the financial headquarters” of the separatist group “is in France”.
He said this is a “fact”, while faulting the UK for not doing something to stop Biafra radio from airing over there.
As the Minister pointed out, the Biafra Radio was probably not taken down by the UK authorities being that the radio is a free channel of communication available to any law-abiding person.
Very much like the internet and social media, anyone who has the licence to operate a radio can always air whatever they want to.