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Human rights abuse: We are not answerable to the US, UK or EU – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidency in an apparent reaction to reports and condemnation of the recent reports on human rights abuses in the nation says that Nigeria is a sovereign nation and will not be bothered about the reports from the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union.

The statement was made on Wednesday by Mr. Femi Adesina, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, during a programme, ‘Politics Today’, on Channels TV.

The incarceration of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, and the disregards of court orders for his release drew the attention of the US, UK, Amnesty International and other groups.

Naija Buzz News reported how Sowore was rearrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in the law court despite the bail he was granted by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr. Adesina, a journalist, who was asked to react to the reports by the US, UK and EU regarding human rights abuse in Nigeria and the invasion of the FHC by DSS operatives to re-arrest Sowore, said; “We are not answerable to the US, the UK or the EU. We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.”

Speaking on the criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration by Professor Wole Soyinka, the presidential aide said; “we respect Prof. Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar and he is well respected but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them.”

He further alleged that the call for Sowore’s release and the ultimatum issued by civil society groups is not the mind of majority of Nigerians.

“Genuine issues will be looked into. We have had instances in which the government had to reverse itself because there were concerns raised. It shows that the government is responsive but you cannot listen to a babble of voices. It will distract you from what you are doing,” Adesina said.

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