Regarding the accusation levied against the current leadership, President Muhammadu Buhari has replied United States of America.
Recall that chairman of USA’s Committee on the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, Tom Marino had described Buhari as “Sliding towards former autocratic tendencies.
“The U.S. should withhold security assistance to the Nigeria for the time being.
“This should happen until President Buhari demonstrates a commitment to inclusive government.
“He must also demonstrate the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech.
The President described the accusation as “Sadly out of tune with reality.”
Speaking through the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the president described the letter as a “Propaganda.”
“President Buhari has decisively dealt with Boko Haram insurgency.
“This problem is not a Nigerian problem but a regional and international crisis.
“My administration operates purely on the basis of respect for the rule of law and a strict adherence to constitutional order.
“Concerning running an inclusive government, appointment of ministers was done in accordance with the Constitution.
“The appointments were almost evenly matched along the line of the six geo-political zones in the country.
“The North-West having 51, North-Central, 46; North-East, 45; South-East, 41; South-West, 45 and South-South, 45.
“Needless to say that the anti-corruption battle will continue unhindered, irrespective of whose ox is gored.
“And in this fight, only the guilty needs be afraid.
The President however failed to address some other major issues raised by the US congress man.
Marino had also queried the extrajudicial [neutralization] of at least 350 people. He was also quiet on the allegation of more than 168 people, including babies and children, who were neutralized in military detention.
The president also failed to comment on the neutralization of 347 Muslims in Kaduna State.
He also avoided Major General Ahmadu Mohammed’s issue. Recall that Amnesty International had revealed that Major General Ahmadu [neutralized] more than 640 unarmed, former detainees.
President Buhari reinstated him back to his position, after he was allegedly fire by the previous administration.
The President also avoided the neutralization of 36 IPOB members.