… Nigeria replies, says letter is out of tune with reality

The Federal Government has described as ‘out of tune with reality’, the published letter from U.S. Congressman, Tom Marino, to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking the U.S. to withhold security assistance to Nigeria on the strength of some alleged infraction by the Buhari administration.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said congressman Marino was poorly informed about the issues he commented on.
He wondered why he did not take the pains to get firsthand 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’.
Mr Mohammed said: “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”.
The Minister further described congressman Marino’s description of the administration’s anti-corruption efforts as ‘selective’ as a tired argument that clearly shows that the U.S. lawmaker must have appended his signature to someone’s concocted line.
He said Nigeria is delighted that U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, to whom the congressman addressed his letter, is more knowledgeable, better briefed and definitely more hands-on concerning Nigerian issues.

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