- A UK-based group has condemned the report on human rights activities in Nigeria by the United States
- The group said the report was aimed at forcing homosexuality and sale of national assets on the current government
- According to the group, the Nigerian government must reject the report and make its stance known to the US without delay
A group of Nigerians in the diaspora has reacted to the recent report by the United State through its State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour which accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of abating corruption and extra-judicial killing.
The United Kingdom Chapter of Arise Nigeria said the US report titled: "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018" was aimed at forcing homosexuality and sale of national assets on the current government.
Arise Nigeria in a communique issued after its meeting in London on Saturday, March 23, called on the Nigerian government to reject the report and make its stance known to the US without delay.
The communique jointly signed by Philip Idaewor, the chairman of Arise Nigeria and its secretary, Charles Eze, said documents like the US report are equally cited as input for decision making by third party countries that could withhold economic, political, military and other critical co-operation from Nigeria based on the conclusions reached in the report, and similar documents.
The group said the observation about manufacture of dissent suggests that the United States might be at the early stage of engineering forceful regime change in new set of countries.
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"Even though is recommended that the valuable strong points highlighted in the report should prompt the authorities to taking decisive steps aimed at improving Nigeria they must nonetheless focus on the more pressing issue of asking the international community to call the United States to order by way of discontinuing any of its subversive programs targeted at Nigeria," the communique said.
The group also said its observation Nigerian authorities will have to set up a government team to study the report with the aim of further decoding it to get a fairer sense of the estimate in which the United States holds Nigeria.
According to the report the exercise should be with a view to developing reciprocal measures that will ensure that the US will soft pedal on the promoting damaging content about Nigeria.
"The report, rather than commending the Nigerian Military for their feat in suppressing Boko haram, set out to make the war against terrorism appear like a criminal enterprise undertaken by the Nigerian state," the communique added.
It further added that the misinformation contained in the report in its assessment of the anti-terrorism war against Boko Haram and ISIS-WA strongly suggest that the only interest the United States has in the matter is for Nigeria to come under more terrorist attacks.
"This is especially so as the report failed to acknowledge the role of the US in aggravating the crisis through its policy that caused instability in the Middle East and North Africa to strengthen ISIS and accelerate the flow of weapons to terrorists.
"The unfair demonization of the Nigerian military was matched by attempts to exonerate terrorist sympathizers like those who hide under the cover of being aid workers to support terrorists," the communique said.
In its recommendations, the group urged the federal government to reject the fabrications contained in the report and make its stance know to the United States.
It said efforts must be made to reassure commanders and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that their efforts and sacrifices in fighting terrorism are appreciated by government and citizens alike and that they must not be dissuaded by the neocon lies of the US.
It also added that Nigerians must remind the United States that the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2014 was the product of a National Assembly that was democratically elected such that blackmailing the military and security forces of the country to have the law repealed will be counterproductive.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the US ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, has warned against breaking the law by announcing results before the official announcement by the Independent Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does.
The US envoy, in a statement congratulated Nigerians on the “predominantly peaceful” conduct of the general elections that held on Saturday, February 23.
“It was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders. The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few,” he said.
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