The federal government on Sunday said that the letter written by a United States of America congressman, Tom Marino calling for America to stop selling ammunition, and other military hardware to Nigeria was uncalled for.
In a statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the comment made by the U.S. lawmaker was based on a faulty premise.
Mohammed also said the congressman’s assertion that Buhari was running a non-inclusive government was bereft of facts.
Alhaji Mohammed said, “Congressman Marino was poorly informed about the issues he commented on, wondering why he did not take the pains to get first hand information from the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria or any other credible source before engaging in what is nothing but a propaganda of his own imagination.
“Insecurity anywhere is insecurity everywhere. Had Congressman Marino understood this, he would not have made the kind of call he made concerning the U.S. 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.
“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, for example, or in the appointment of Ministers, which 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 a comprehensive information on the appointment of CEOs for Federal Government’s parastatals, agencies and commissions that shows that the appoints 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 6 states, with the exception of North West (7) and South East (5).”
Mohammed described Marino’s description of Buhari’s corruption war as ‘selective’ as a lazy argument because there was no proof.
“That line was invented by those seeking to cause an unnecessary distraction from the Administration’s anti-corruption efforts, and it has been roundly rejected. Congressman Marino’s decision to exhume the dead postulation without an iota of proof is a reflection of whose side he has taken in the ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of corrupt elements. 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,” he said.
Mohammed said Nigeria is delighted that US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to whom Marino addressed his letter, is more knowledgeable, better briefed and definitely more hands-on concerning Nigerian issues.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.