Presidency Blasts US Magazine, Ex-ambassador over Alleged Lies about Buhari

Presidency Blasts US Magazine, Ex-ambassador over Alleged Lies about Buhari

- A war of words has started between the presidency and a notable US magazine over the anti-terrorism battle in Nigeria

- Garba Shehu, a media aide to President Buhari, has slammed a former US ambassador, John Campbell, for allegedly twisting facts related to a request for military help to subdue Boko Haram

- According to Shehu, the president never asked for the transfer of AFRICOM from Germany to Nigeria as claimed by Campbell in an article

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Abuja - The presidency has replied to an article published in Foreign Affairs magazine titled The Giant of Africa is failing, written by a former United States ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell.

In the article, Campbell had claimed that President Buhari in April met with US secretary of state Antony Blinken and allegedly requested the transfer of the Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Germany to Nigeria in a bid to help the federal government defeat Boko Haram.

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Presidency blasts US magazine, ex-ambassador over alleged lies about Buhari
The presidency said Campbell has made many woeful predictions about Nigeria that never happened (Photo: @MBuhari, @USinNigeria)
Source: Twitter

However, debunking this claim, Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, in a statement on Thursday, June 3, stated categorically that the president never made such a request.

Shehu backed the rebuttal by explaining that "The transcript of the call with Secretary Blinken is available on the State Department’s own website."

President Buhari's media aide added that the addition 'to Nigeria' in the write-up reveals an agelong attempt to shift facts in other to suit an argument.

He went on to claim that Campbell is one of those who have been making woeful predictions about Nigeria and have failed countless times, but that it is unfortunate that an international magazine has joined the gang.

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His words:

"Ambassador Campbell has been predicting the collapse of Nigeria for several years. He is of course entitled to his opinions, even where events consistently prove him wrong.

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"This is something we have come to expect from partisan blogs and politically motivated lobbies. It is still a surprise, and a disappointment, to see them joined by Foreign Affairs."

Read Shehu's full statement in the Facebook post below:

Presidency makes revelations on Boko Haram sponsors

Meanwhile, Nigeria's security forces and other anti-corruption agencies are serious with President Buhari's standing order to fish out sponsors of insurgency throughout the country.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had made an important catch.

According to a presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, the NDLEA on Thursday, April 1, announced that it arrested a hard drug provider for Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.


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