This was said in an exclusive interview with NAN by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alahaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday.
The Minister disclosed that it was disrespectful of the UK to set up such policies after the group has been tagged a criminal organisation by the Nigerian Government.
Lai Mohammed also accused the IPOB of orchestrating attacks against security agencies and called to question the “real intent” of the UK in supporting the group.
“Against the background of the fact that IPOB is not only proscribed in Nigeria but has been designated a terrorist organisation here in Nigeria, the UK’s decision is very disrespectful to Nigeria as a sovereign nation.
“It amounts to sabotaging our fight against terrorism and generally it undermines Nigeria’s security and our national unity.
“If despite this, the UK has chosen this time to give succumb to IPOB members, it calls to question the real intention of the UK.
“If we could go down the memory lane, what the UK has done is like Nigeria offering asylum to members of the IRA before the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement.
“I think honestly they don’t treat us with respect at all”. he said.