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FG frowns at USA congressman who wrote on BUHARI’s Autocratic tendencies

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The Federal Govern­ment has described as misguided the pub­lished letter from US Con­gressman, Tom Marino, to the Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking the US to with­hold security assistance to Nigeria on the strength of some imaginary infraction by the Buhari administration.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minis­ter of Information and Cul­ture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Congressman Marino was poorly informed about the issues he commented on, wondering why he did not take the pains to get first-hand information from the US Embassy in Nigeria or any other credible source before engaging in what is nothing but a propaganda of his own imagination.
The minister said by asking the US to refrain from selling warplanes and other military equipment to Nigeria based on a faulty premise, the Con­gressman has demonstrated a poor understanding of global security issues.
“Insecurity anywhere is insecurity everywhere. Had Congressman Marino un­derstood this, he would not have made the kind of call he made concerning the US security assistance to Nigeria. The Boko Haram insurgency that Nigeria has decisively dealt with under President Muhammadu Buhari is not just a Nigerian problem but a regional and international crisis’’, he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said Congressman Marino defi­nitely did not have Nigeria in mind when he wrote that the US should withhold se­curity assistance to Nigeria until President Buhari dem­onstrates a commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of de­mocracy which is freedom to assemble and freedom of speech.
‘’An administration that operates purely on the basis of respect for the rule of law and a strict adherence to con­stitutional order is not one to deny the citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed right
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