Foreign Affairs Magazine Article ‘The Giant of Africa is Falling’ Frustrates Buhari’s Regime

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There is uneasiness in President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp, as his regime is largely seen within and outside as destroying the unity and peaceful co-existence of the country.

This follows a publication by the Foreign Affairs (Magazine) which captures events and current travails of Nigeria.

In its usual way of not reasoning with other people’s opinion the Presidency described as unfair and distorted opinion the latest article on Nigeria published by the Foreign Affairs (Magazine) titled, ‘The Giant of Africa is Failing’.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, June 3.

In a letter addressed to the publishers of the magazine, the Presidency frowned at the way as well as manner facts were being bent to support distorted opinions.

The letter read in part: “The latest article on Nigeria in Foreign Affairs titled ‘The Giant of Africa is Failing’ is unfair both to a magazine with such an esteemed pedigree and to its readers.

“Ambassador Campbell has been predicting the collapse of Nigeria for several years. He is of course entitled to his opinions; even where events consistently prove him wrong.

“But facts should not be bent to support distorted opinions. Let me give you one example.

“The authors write: ‘At an April meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Bliken, Buhari reportedly requested that the headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command be moved from Germany to Nigeria so that it would be closer to the fight against jihadi groups in the country’s north.’

“President Buhari did not request that AFRICOM move to Nigeria. The transcript of the call with Secretary Blinken is available on the State Department’s own website.

“It’s not just a question of the invented addition of ‘to Nigeria’ with regard to AFRICOM. It sums up a piece that attempts – subtly but revealingly – to shift facts to suit an argument.’’

According to the Presidency, Nigeria faces multiple challenges; not least of which is the dissemination of fake news and prejudiced opinion.

He also said: “This is something we have come to expect from partisan blogs and politically motivated lobbies.

“It is still a surprise; and a disappointment, to see them joined by Foreign Affairs.’’

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