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Religious Persecution: You are not world’s police, Buhari’s government lashes out at America

“No man, no country, nobody has appointed them the policeman of the world, let them face their own issues”, Mr Adesina said.


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You probably have heard that the US placed Nigeria on a religious watchlist, in the same category as Russia, Cuba and Uzbekistan for its attitude towards religious freedom.

The inclusion of Nigeria on the list was announced by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. They referred to the killings of Shiite protesters and the violence in Nigeria’s middle belt as some of the reasons for its stance.

 But the Nigerian government isn’t taking the move lightly.

Femi Adesina, the spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari while reacting to the U.S. report said America should remember that no one has given it the right to police the world.

Adesina stated this when he appeared on Channels Television “Sunday Politics” programme.

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“In international relations, you respect the internal affairs of other countries. The U.S. itself has enough to chew solving its own problems not to talk of poke-nosing into that of another country.”

“No man, no country, nobody has appointed them the policeman of the world, let them face their own issues”, Mr Adesina said.

In its earlier reaction on Sunday, the Nigeria government through Minister of Information, Lai Muhammad described the stance of the U.S. as an “orchestrated narrative that has long been discredited”.

The government also blamed the ‘political opposition’ for sparing “no resources in deriving political capital from the various security challenges in the country.”

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