Nigeria’s Envoy berates UK‘Economist’ magazine for unfair reportage

The front cover of The UK Economist Magazine October 23rd 2021 Edition

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Following the recent factual report by world’s  re known  magazine The UK Economist on the poor state of governance in the country.

 Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola has described the characterization of Nigeria by London-based magazine, The Economist, in its recent edition as unfair, saying that the issues confronting Nigeria have been long-standing and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is achieving tremendous results in tackling them.

In a letter written to The Economist in response to a piece titled, Insurgency, Secessionism and Banditry Threaten Nigeria, the High Commissioner said
The Economist is correct to point out the multiple security and governance challenges that Nigeria presently faces. But the picture it presents is selective and unfair to its readers.

He explained that the decay of agencies and institutions has gathered momentum for decades and there is no quick or simple fix.

He reminded the organisation that President Buhari has been elected twice in national elections and is indeed making progress by working with international partners:

“There has been progress. Nigeria works closely with partners in the Sahel region, Europe and the US on security and intelligence. It is not an accident that the leadership of the militant groups is weaker than it has ever been. You highlight the need for police reform: this is a process that President Buhari’s administration has led, including the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). We are already working with the UK and others on training and equipment.”

A statement issued by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity Garba Shehu stated that the High Commissioner described Nigeria’s “robust COVID-19 response as well as the President’s battle to provide stable energy for the country as noteworthy:

“Nigeria has led the region in a robust response to COVID-19 that has helped keep infection levels well below many parts of the world, while also helping to mitigate the economic shocks from the global downturn for the most vulnerable. President Buhari has also championed reforms to the energy sector, the cradle for corruption, in the teeth of fierce resistance from the old, business-as-usual brigade.”

He pointed out that progress being made by the administration in agriculture, creative arts and technology sectors among others do not sit well with corrupt -minded individuals in the country:

“Nigeria is far from being the only country that faces the challenge of trying to deliver overdue change in a political culture that tilts towards special interests that are often selfish and short-term. Optimism in sectors as diverse as agriculture, creative arts and technology point to the opportunities that are already being realised. It will be a long haul: a corrupt cabal will say we are not doing enough: what they mean is that we have already done too much, in terms ending the impunity enjoyed by the few and helping to enfranchise the many.”

Ambassador Isola concluded that President Buhari is also working with international partners to diminish problems associated with extremism and climate change and leave the country more united.

“Nor indeed is this simply a Nigerian project. We are on the frontline of the international struggle against violent extremism, climate change and a host of other issues. These are common but complex challenges that require common and complex solutions. President Buhari, like millions of Nigerians, rejects the identity politics that has polarised so many other countries. Our diversity is our strength,,”

EAGLE EYE WATCH NEWS reports that the Nigerian government have continued to received bashing from the International media over poor governance when the BBC and CNN hit the Buhari administration under the belt on the matter of the October 20, 2020, #EndSARS protests.

Not also forgetting the matter of a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in which the Nigerian Air Force was accused of making payments to bandits in exchange for weapons, specifically an anti-aircraft gun that had been allegedly seized from the Nigerian military, and which was to be used to gun down the aircraft of the President of Nigeria who was scheduled to travel to his home state of Katsina for the Eid-el Maulud. The Wall Street Journal’s  report was very enticing.

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