SOWORE: Mind Your Business Buhari Cautions US, UK

Special Adviser to President
Muhammadu Buhari on Media
and Publicity, Femi Adesina
Eniola Akinkuotu , Abuja
The Presidency says Nigeria is
a sovereign nation and will
not be bothered about the
reports from the United
States , the United Kingdom
and the European Union as
regards human rights abuses.
The Special Adviser to the
President on Media and
Publicity , Femi Adesina , said
this on Channels Television ’s
‘ Politics Today ’ programme on
Wednesday .
Adesina was asked to react to
reports from the EU , UK and
the US that Nigeria ’ s high
record of human rights
He was also asked to react to
the invasion of the Federal
High Court , Abuja by men of
the Department of State
Services who arrested the
Publisher of SaharaReporters ,
Omoyele Sowore , last Friday .
Responding to the question ,
Adesina 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. ”
When asked to respond to
criticisms against the regime
of the President , Major
General Muhammadu Buhari
( retd . ) by Prof . Wole Soyinka ,
Adesina said the Nobel
laureate was free to express
his opinion .
“ 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 said .
Adesina said the Presidency
would not take the opinion of
a few Nigerians as that of the
majority .
He said the ultimatum issued
by 14 civil society groups as
well as the editorial by The
PUNCH was not the mind of
the 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 , ” the President ’ s
spokesman said .

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