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A member of the US congress has written the Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking the US to discontinue security assistance to Nigeria.

The US had put an arms embargo on Nigeria during the height of the Boko Haram insurgency, preventing the sale of weapons to Nigeria. It now appears that the US has granted the Buhari administration military and tactical support, an advantage which was no granted to the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Congressman, Tom Marino Accused President Muhammadu Buhari of autocratic tendencies and therefore doesn’t deserve the help of the US until he displays a “commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech”.

In the letter dated Thursday, September 1, the congressman said there were some signs that showed that “the man who once led Nigeria as a military dictator might be sliding towards former autocratic tendencies”. Marino also touched on the anti-corruption war championed by President Buhari and described it as selective.

“Of additional concern is President Buhari’s selective anti-corruption drive, which has focused almost exclusively on members of the opposition party, over-looking corruption amongst some of Buhari’s closest advisors. Politicizing his anti-corruption efforts has only reinforced hostility among southerners”.

“Of President Buhari’s 122 appointees, 77 are from the north and control many of the key ministries and positions of power. Distrust is already high in Nigeria and favouring Northerners for key appointments has only antagonized the issue. These appointments are also primarily Muslim in the north and Christian in the south, adding a religious aspect to long-held regional biases. “Of additional concern is President Buhari’s selective anti-corruption drive, which has focused almost exclusively on members of the opposition party, over-looking corruption amongst some of Buhari’s closest advisors. Politicizing his anti-corruption efforts has only reinforced hostility among southerners.”

Marino who is a member of the US committees on the judiciary, homeland security and foreign affairs, and the chairman, sub-committee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law advised the Obama administration to stop selling warplanes and weapons to Nigeria and urge the Buhari administration to hold its soldiers and police accountable.

 

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