Administration upbraids ex-US agent, magazine over ‘Nigeria is falling flat’

BY OJOCHIDE

THE Presidency on Thursday thumped an American magazine of global relations and US international strategy, Foreign Affairs, for distributing what it called realities moving article on Nigeria.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari poses before the opening session of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

It said this in its response to an article named ‘The goliath of Africa is falling flat’ which showed up in the current version of the magazine.

The Presidency’s position was contained in articulation by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, named, ‘Re: Giant of Africa is coming up short: Stating current realities.’

The assertion peruses, “The most recent article on Nigeria in Foreign Affairs named ‘The Giant of Africa is falling flat’ is ridiculous both to a magazine with a particularly regarded family and to its perusers.

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“Diplomat Campbell has been anticipating the breakdown of Nigeria for quite a while. He is qualified for his sentiments, even where occasions reliably refute him. Be that as it may, realities ought not to be twisted to help contorted assessments.”

Shehu referred to the illustration of the case in the article that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at an April meeting with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, purportedly mentioned that the base camp of the US Africa Command be moved from Germany to Nigeria so it is nearer to the battle against jihad bunches in the nation’s North.

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He added, “It’s not simply an issue of the concocted option of ‘to Nigeria’ concerning AFRICOM. It summarizes a piece that endeavors – unpretentiously yet revealingly – to move realities to suit a contention.

“Nigeria faces numerous difficulties, not least of which is the scattering of phony news and biased assessment.

“This is something we have generally expected from hardliner websites and politically roused halls. It is as yet a shock, and a mistake, to see them joined by Foreign Affairs.”

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