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US designation of Boko Haram leaders: ACN blames Nigerian leadership

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has blamed Nigeria’s inept and clueless leadership for the US’ designation of three leaders of Boko Haram as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, and its implications for Nigeria’s sovereignty.

In a statement issued in Ilesa, Osun state, on Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the Jonathan presidency has virtually surrendered the nation’s sovereignty to the US, if the letter from the Nigerian Embassy in Washington begging the Americans not to kill
innocent Nigerians, as reported by the media, is anything to go by.

”In what must rank as the most shameful acceptance that it is indeed helpless and hopeless, the Nigerian government, through the nation’s Embassy in Washington, has agreed that in line with the declaration, the US government is free to attack the designated Boko Haram leaders even on its (Nigerian) soil.

”To rub salt into Nigeria’s wounds, the government went ahead to beg the US not to kill innocent Nigerians in the process of such attacks against the Boko Haram leaders, as contained in the
Embassy’s letter that reads inter alia: ‘The Embassy however wishes to appeal that whatever action is eventually taken against these individuals, their immediate neighbours who have felt most the impact, but are very much vehemently opposed to the activities of Boko Haram, should not be affected,” it said.

ACN said while the letter is the clearest indication that the nation’s sovereignty has been surrendered to the US, it also shows the naivety of the Jonathan Administration, as innocent people, including women and children, have been mowed down by American drones in such countries as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where such declaration has led the US to strike at a time and place of its own choosing.

The party called on the National Assembly, as an assemblage of the people’s representatives, to act fast to protect whatever is left of Nigeria’s sovereignty and respect, as the US designation will also have far reaching implication on how other nations view and deal with Nigeria in the days and months ahead.


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