- The Nigerian government has allayed fear, saying it is not in panic mode over UK parliamentarians’ threat of sanction
- Speaking on behalf of the federal government, information minister Lai Mohammed said the shred of evidence before the parliament is "fake news"
- The senior minister noted that the position of the parliament does not translate to the position of the UK government on Nigeria
The Nigerian government has finally reacted to the UK parliament's resolution on the petition written by the EndSARS protesters seeking a sanction on some top political office holders over gross human rights violation.
Legit.ng had reported that members of the UK parliament on Monday, November 23, held a debate on the petition to the United Kingdom government.
During a sitting at the Westminster Hall, the lawmakers, led by Theresa Villiers, a member of the British Conservative Party, took turns to slam the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the poor handling of the protest.
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While describing the "Nigerian government's violence against its own citizens" as intensifying, Kate Osamor, a member who is representing Edmonton, said the corruption and police brutality still continue.
But in a swift reaction, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Nigerian government is unperturbed by the decision of the lawmakers.
The senior minister assured that the UK government will not sanction Nigeria based on hearsay, fake social media evidence and emotional sentiments of some of the lawmakers to the EndSARS protests.
“The federal government is not panicky at all. The resolution of the UK Parliament is not necessarily the decision of the UK government.
“And no responsible government will consider sanctioning the federal government based on fake news and hearsay without getting in touch with the government.
“They will also do their own painstaking investigations and also ask for the side of the country. So, we have no reason to panic at all because we know that all the evidence before them is fake news- nothing of big news.”
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Mohammed further stated that the position of the UK parliament does not represent the decision of the country's government.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lai Mohammed wrote CNN on behalf of the Buhari's administration over the media outlets report on Lekki Tollgate incident.
The minister of information in the letter dated November 23 demanded an investigation into the report.
The minister also lambasted the international media organisation, saying the report falls short of journalistic standards.
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