2018 country reports: Coalition faults US verdict on corruption, insecurity in Nigeria

2018 country reports: Coalition faults US verdict on corruption, insecurity in Nigeria

- A coalition has condemned a recent report on corruption index and insecurity in Nigeria

- Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) said the United States of America’s 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which claimed that “impunity remains widespread at all levels of government” in Nigeria is faulty

- According to CNM, the Nigerian government must in its entirety reject wrong conclusions drawn in the report

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) on Wednesday, March 20, faulted a recent report by the United States of America’s 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which claimed that “impunity remains widespread at all levels of government” in Nigeria.

The report, which was published on the website of the US Department of State, said several acts of gross human rights abuse were committed by both government and non-government actors within Nigeria in the year under review, many of which were not investigated.

However, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement in its report said the attack on Nigeria as a country and its leadership for daring to work for what is in the interest of citizens was provocative.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Gabriel Kifasi, the national convener of the group called on the Nigerian government to reject wrong conclusions drawn in the report.

The group said Nigerians as a people expect nothing less of their government

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Kifasi said: "To the extent that the United States has failed to put its own house in order, a natural reaction to this most recent outrage would have been to completely ignore the junk document. But we reason that part of the misplaced importance the US arrogates to itself is because citizens of other countries often neglect to challenge the lies emanating from the devil’s worldly capital, hence the misplaced aura of infallibility that makes this country continue to ply the world with its garbage."

"If we do nothing to call attention to the lies built into the latest 49-paged fiction by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, there is then the risk that the fallacies will be committed to history as the true state of affairs in Nigeria," he noted.

"Since the report is publicly available, we shall not belabor efforts in recounting the details as this will only further help perpetrate the lies told in it while amplifying them.

"What we will do here is to point out a few things that point to the true intentions of the United States through its periodic publication of the vexatious lies.

"This is in the hope that Nigerians will be better guided in how they perceive the report and what interventions they make on its basis. The rest of the world would also benefit since they will have alternate views to the wrong impressions being created about Nigeria," Kifasi said.

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Alleging that the US is using the report as a pretext to demonize the military, undermine the anti-terrorism war, erode the fight against corruption, the group said the government is also trying present Nigeria as unserious country.

"The US must also know that any political party that promises to reintroduce same-sex marriage will continue to lose elections until it aligns with what the people want," the group said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former US ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has described the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria as bad news for democracy.

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In his perspective for the election for the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, Campbell claimed the election was “marred by historically low turnout and credible allegations of rigging”.

The former ambassador also said Atiku was not likely to win at the tribunal court due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s margin of victory.

He said based on reports from situation rooms, the election was a step back from the 2015 own.

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