Abuja - Presidency has rejected reports President Muhammadu Buhari had accused the United States of supporting the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect’s violent campaign in Nigeria and the region.
“Persisting claims in the local and international media that President Muhammadu Buhari has accused or indicted the United States Government of helping the terrorist group, Boko Haram are untrue and widely off mark,”
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, stated.
He said reports to that effect are an unfortunate misinterpretation and distortion of the President's remarks at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) during his official visit to Washington DC.
“Indeed, President Buhari made it abundantly clear in those remarks, copies of which were circulated to the media, that he was convinced that the United States could never support groups such as Boko Haram,” said Adesina.
Adesina quoted Buhari as saying during the event, “I know the American people cannot support any group engaged in these crimes.”
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Adesina thus said the regrets expressed by Buhari at USIP about the impact of the application of the Leahy Law on Nigeria's war against Boko Haram and terrorism could be construed as an indictment of President Barack Obama and the United States Government, who have publicly and privately declared their preparedness to give the Buhari administration the fullest possible support and assistance.
“Within the context in which they were made, President Buhari's comments on the adverse effect of the Leahy Law on Nigeria's efforts to contain Boko Haram's atrocious acts of terrorism should only be taken as a passionate appeal for even greater understanding and support from a very powerful and longstanding ally,” Adesina added.
The US has been among Nigeria’s biggest supporters in the war against the Boko Haram sect over the years. The US State Department designated Boko Haram as a terrorist organisations in November 2013.
- News 24