- Nigerian scholars in other countries have condemned the report by the US Department of State on Corruption and Human Rights violation in Nigeria
- The scholars said the report is apparently aimed at legitimizing criminal activities of terrorists and extremists in Nigeria
- According to the scholars, report was a covert disguise for putting ammunition in the hands of the opposition
Some Nigerian scholars living abroad have faulted the recent report by the US Department of State on Corruption and Human Rights violation under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The scholars under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora (ANDS) the report is apparently aimed at legitimizing criminal activities of terrorists and extremists in Nigeria.
ANDS in in a communique issued at the end of a meeting to review the country reports on human rights practices for 2018 rejected the report in its entirety.
The group also called on other professional bodies of Nigerian origin to do the same while mandating the federal government to communicate the rejection of the report in writing to the United States through its embassy in Nigeria.
The communique which was signed by the president and secretary general of ANDS, Bitrus Gamwa and Pita Agbese said the report was a covert disguise for putting ammunition in the hands of the opposition.
The communique said: "The questionable support for criminals as itemized in (3) above is the excuse under which the United States issued the report and similar reports that undermine the Armed Forces of Nigeria for the benefit of terrorists like Boko Haram, ISWAP, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and militants in the Niger-Delta."
"These groups that qualify as terrorists by internationally accepted definitions are apparently being supported by the United States.
"The support for the opposition and terrorists extends beyond tactical backing with reports like the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 include indirect arming of these groups with weapons that are first supplied to third party countries like Syria from where they will find their way into the hands of these US lackeys in Nigeria.
"The incursion of the US into Venezuela is a model that the opposition in Nigeria continued to use as blackmail against the government as they vowed to repeat something similar.
"The US report made another attempt at delegitimizing the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2014 by presenting it as repressive, an inference that ignored the legislative process adopted by elected Federal Lawmakers to arrive at the legislation," the communique said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a report by the United States has revealed that there is corruption at all levels of government in Nigeria.
The report notes that the president, vice president, governors and deputy governors are given immunity from civil and criminal prosecution.
Legit.ng gathers that the report focused on the number of convictions the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have secured.
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