The Federal Government has condemned the letter of a US Congressman, Tom Marino, asking his country to withhold security support to Nigeria, describing it as “out of tune with reality’’.
Marino had written the letter to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, alleging infractions on some principles and local and international regulations and conventions by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
In a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the allegations by Marino were imaginary and that he was poorly informed about the issues he commented on.
He wondered why the congressman did not take the pains to get first-hand information from the US Embassy in Nigeria or any other credible source before engaging in “what is nothing but a propaganda of his own imagination’’.
According to him, by asking the US to refrain from selling warplanes and other military equipment to Nigeria based on a faulty premise, the congressman has demonstrated a poor understanding of global security issues.
“Insecurity anywhere is insecurity everywhere. Had Congressman Marino understood this, he would not have made the kind of call he made concerning the US security assistance to Nigeria.
“The Boko Haram insurgency that Nigeria has decisively dealt with under President Muhammadu Buhari is not just a Nigerian problem but a regional and international crisis,’’ he said.
Mohammed said that Marino was wrong when he alleged that Buhari did not “demonstrate a commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy – freedom to assemble and freedom of speech’’.
“An administration that operates purely on the basis of respect for the rule of law and a strict adherence to constitutional order is not one to deny the citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed rights.
“This administration therefore does not need the goading of Congressman Marino or anyone for that matter to do what is right.
“Concerning running an inclusive government, had Congressman Marino done his homework before dispatching his letter, he would have realized that no part of the country is left out in the distribution of political appointments.
“The appointment of ministers was done in accordance with the Constitution that mandates that the President must appoint at least one minister from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Had the Congressman sought information from credible sources before engaging in a flight of fancy, he would have been presented with comprehensive information on the appointment of CEOs for Federal Government’s parastatals, agencies and commissions.
“The appointments were almost evenly matched along the line of the six geo-political zones in the country, with the North-West having 51, North-Central, 46; North-East, 45; South-East, 41; South-West, 45 and South-South, 45.
“The Congressman may wish to note that each geo-political zone comprises six states, with the exception of North-West (7) and South-East (5),’’ he said.
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you lie mohd think that US can be deceived by ur white lies -which you hv succeded in using to pollute the whole place.Nigerians are tired of ur lies. I doubt if ur ground-children can ever believe anythingg that comes out of ur mouth.