Turkish citizen, Abdulkadir Erkahraman, has been announced representative of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Middle East and Asia regions.
Erkahraman’s engagement followed his criticism of the Nigerian government for alleged genocide against members of IPOB.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of deliberately labelling it as a terrorist organisation to scare away its international associates from supporting the group`s ideology.
“When he visited our leader in his home town Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia, their discussions focused exclusively on areas of infrastructural development and how such partnerships can be developed to help alleviate the suffering of the people of Biafra.
“He is not a Turkish diplomat, he has never claimed to be one and our leader did not receive him in such capacity. Those on online news platforms in Nigeria referring to him as a diplomat are deliberately misleading their readers. Some of these publishers are nothing more than sponsored agents, in the pay of the Ministry of Information, hoping to tarnish the image of Erkahraman and Biafra”, the group said.