Human rights' concerns: I am doing my best - Buhari tells U.S govt

Human rights' concerns: I am doing my best - Buhari tells U.S govt

- President Buhari has assured the United States of America that there is no alarm concerning human rights' concerns in Nigeria

- Buhari made the comment when he hosted the new U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Mary Beth Leonard on Tuesday, December 24

- The president’s remark stemmed from reports that the United State authorities have placed Nigeria on a Special Watch List

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the United States of America government that he is doing his best as regards human rights' concerns in Nigeria.

Buhari made the comment when he hosted the new U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Mary Beth Leonard, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, December 24.

The president said he was presiding over the affairs of Nigeria with a clear conscience, adding that it is nothing an easy task to sustain the unity of the country.

The president’s remark stemmed from reports that the United State authorities have placed Nigeria on a Special Watch List for tolerating “severe violations of religious freedom.”

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Human rights' concerns: I am doing my best - Buhari tells U.S govt

President Buhari meeting the new U.S ambassador earlier today. Photo credit: Aso Rock
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A statement from Buhari's media aide quoted the president as saying: “I know that those with access have created an impression of being marginalized.

“I sit here with a clear conscience. I took an oath and I am honouring the office. It is not an easy task to work for the unity of the country, and I am doing my best.’’

In her remarks, the United States Ambassador said Nigeria was listed on a watch list to deepen the conversation on the humanitarian situation in the country, accepting that some people could “flare the flames and crystalize issues’’ that could affect peaceful-coexistence.

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Leonard assured President Buhari of support from the United States, especially on the humanitarian challenges, while appreciating the willingness to always share useful information and intelligence with her country.

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“I feel it’s a privilege and great honour to be here; coming to see the giant of Africa. I have worked for 30 decades before coming to Nigeria. We will do a lot together for peace, security and delivering humanitarian assistance,’’ she added.

Recall that the federal government was recently accused of destroying Nigeria's reputation on the international scene following its alleged disobedience to court orders and disloyalty to the rule of law.

The claim was made by John Campbell, a former United State (US) ambassador to Nigeria on Thursday, December 19.

Campbell said: “The state security service assault on a courtroom and the re-arrest of Sowore has already damaged the country’s international reputation.”

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