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FG writes London-based magazine over criticism of Buhari’s government



The Nigerian Excessive Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, has written to London-based journal, The Economist over its latest publication blaming the present authorities for the safety and financial state of affairs of the nation.

DAILY POST remembers that The Economist had few days in the past, knocked the Nigerian Military, accusing it of promoting gear to the insurgents terrorising Nigeria.

Whereas describing the military as solely robust on paper, the journal additionally described President Muhammadu Buhari-led’s administration as a clumsy and high-handed authorities that had additionally did not deal with corruption.

In a letter written to The Economist in response to a chunk titled, “Insurgency, Secessionism and Banditry Threaten Nigeria”, the Excessive Commissioner stated the medium was selective in its analysis, saying that the problems confronting Nigeria have been long-standing and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is reaching super ends in tackling them.

The letter learn partially, “The Economist is right to level out the a number of safety and governance challenges that Nigeria presently faces. However the image that you just current is selective and unfair to your readers. The decay of companies and establishments has gathered momentum for many years. There isn’t any fast or easy repair. It’s unwise to fake in any other case.”

He reminded the organisation that President Buhari had been elected twice in nationwide elections and was certainly making progress by working with worldwide companions:

“There was progress. Nigeria works intently with companions within the Sahel area, Europe and the US on safety and intelligence. It isn’t an accident that the management of militant teams is weaker than it has ever been. You spotlight the necessity for police reform: this can be a course of that President Buhari’s administration has led, together with the disbandment of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS). We’re already working with the UK and others on coaching and gear,” he stated.

The Excessive Commissioner described Nigeria’s strong COVID-19 response in addition to the President’s battle to offer steady vitality for the nation as noteworthy.


“Nigeria has led the area in a strong response to COVID-19 that has helped hold an infection ranges effectively under many elements of the world, whereas additionally serving to to mitigate the financial shocks from the worldwide downturn for probably the most susceptible. President Buhari has additionally championed reforms to the vitality sector, the cradle for corruption, within the tooth of fierce resistance from the outdated, business-as-usual brigade,” he added.

He identified that progress being made by the administration in agriculture, artistic arts and know-how sectors amongst others doesn’t sit effectively with corrupt-minded people within the nation.

“Nigeria is way from being the one nation that faces the problem of making an attempt to ship overdue change in a political tradition that tilts in direction of particular pursuits which are typically egocentric and short-term. Optimism in sectors as various as agriculture, artistic arts and know-how level to the alternatives which are already being realised. Will probably be a protracted haul: a corrupt cabal will say we’re not doing sufficient: what they imply is that we now have already executed an excessive amount of, in phrases ending the impunity loved by the few and serving to to enfranchise the various,” he said.

Ambassador Isola concluded that President Buhari can also be working with worldwide companions to decrease issues related to extremism and local weather change and go away the nation extra united.

“Nor certainly is that this merely a Nigerian challenge. We’re on the frontline of the worldwide wrestle towards violent extremism, local weather change and a bunch of different points.

“These are widespread however complicated challenges that require widespread and complicated options. President Buhari, like thousands and thousands of Nigerians, rejects the id politics that has polarised so many different nations. Our range is our power,” he stated.

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