- A coalition has said that the recent report by the United States on human rights activities in Nigeria is aimed at degenerating the entity called Nigeria
- The coalition also called on the US government and the former US ambassador to Nigeria to apologies over the report
- Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI) said the US report on Human Rights Practices for 2018 was dedicated to sending out the wrong signals about Nigeria
A coalition has asked a former United States ambassador, John Campbell, to stop denigration of Nigeria's sovereignty.
The Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI) on Monday, March 25, in letter to the former ambassador reacted to the recent report by the US Department of State on corruption and alleged human rights violation under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as well as a submission by John Campbell, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, who described the presidential election as bad news for democracy.
The letter written by Egnunu Abutu said both reports where aimed at degenerating the entity called Nigeria.
Abutu asked Campbell to tender apology to the country for his regenerating report.
The letter warned that, “a failure to tender the apology within reasonable time shall compel us to taking measures to educate Nigerians to resist the racist-oriented US interference in the affairs of Nigeria.”
The group said the country reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 was dedicated to sending out the wrong signals about Nigeria.
The group also alleged that the report was done in the belief that the negative messaging about Nigeria would catalyze some sort of citizens’ revolt against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and probably lead to a forceful change of government.
The letter read in part: "Since the report emanated from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, the US Embassy in Abuja would have had the chance to make input while you would have signed off on the aspect about Nigeria, at least the embassy in Nigeria would have validated the claims made in the document and that is assuming the contents were not mostly generated under your supervision."
"It is therefore not necessary to repeat the offensive conclusions drawn by your country about Nigeria other than to state in clear terms that the report is unacceptable to the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative.
Like majority of Nigerian, who unlike the opposition are not looking to fraudulently take over government, we reject the report in its entirety," the letter said.
Further calling for an apology, the coalition urged the United States government and persons or organizations acting in its interest to cease and desist from further publishing reports, commentaries or analyses targeted at undermining stability of Nigeria.
"A failure to tender the apology within reasonable time shall compel us to taking measures to educate Nigerians to resist the racist-oriented US interference in the affairs of Nigeria. We shall also do our best to criminalize the series of exchange programmes targeted at Nigerians youths such that the US will no longer have cohorts from Nigeria for such programmes.
"It is our belief that Your Excellency will communicate our disaffection with the lies about Nigeria to the high-up authorities in your home country while also emphasizing our demand for apology over the wrong done to our country," the letter said.
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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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