With the blossoming administration of President Joe Biden, there are high hopes that the government of Nigeria will resume a smooth and more beneficial bilateral relationship with the United States after the tumultuous Trump regime.
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However, international observers and social commentators have raised concerns that some factors which seem to be inherent in Nigeria may hinder a better bond with the world power.
A report by Punch has quoted a former US ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, to have listed some of these possible hurdles that may come between both nations.
Unlawful detention of persons
Campbell, being conversant with America's foreign policies and love for democratic processes, is of the opinion that cases of unlawful detention of persons, if not dealt with and ended, will have a negative impact on the Nigeria-US bond.
Human rights abuse
The former envoy also mentioned the abuse of human rights that has become a trend in the country as one of the chief factors that will severe ties between the Biden-led government and Africa's giant nation.
The ugly and painful incidents of the nationwide EndSARS protests that came on the heels of allegations of brutality made against the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) portrayed both the security forces in bad a light internationally.
Campbell believes this must be curbed if Nigeria ever dreams to enjoy a smooth partnership with America.
Alleged high-handed of government on political parties
He also listed official restrictions on political activities by the powers that be as a key problem that must be frontally tackled in Nigeria to regain the love and respect of the US and its newly-installed government.
In summary, Campbell said:
“Any new administration does indeed provide an opportunity for strengthening the US-Nigeria bilateral relationship. It should be borne in mind, however, that the Biden administration will place much greater emphasis on human rights issues than its predecessor."
Meanwhile, the travel ban place on nations like Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen, and Sudan by the Donald Trump-led administration had been lifted by President Biden.
This was one of the 17 executive orders issued by President Biden just after the inaugural ceremony that installed his government.
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