Human rights abuse: My conscience is clear – President Buhari tells US envoy, Mary Leonard

A newly-posted United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Mary Leonard visited President Muhammadu Buhari to present her letter of credence where President Buhari told him that he is doing his best to work for the unity of Nigeria eventhough it is not an easy task.

While addressing Leonard on Tuesday in Abuja, President Buhari stressed that his conscience was clear with regard to upholding human rights in the country.

I took an oath and I am honouring the office, Buhari said.

Leonard on her part stated that US placed Nigeria on its watch list due to the humanitarian situation in the country.

She disclosed that the action was taken as part of efforts to deepen conversation on the issue.

Buhari insisted that Nigeria was wrongly presented to the rest of the world because other countries, including the US, did not widen their sources of information on the country.

In a statement released by Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu after the meeting, President Buhari stated that some sources of information might be “misleading” and “self-serving;”.0

“I know that those with access have created an impression of being marginalised. I sit here with a clear conscience. I took an oath and I am honoring the office,”President Buhari said.

He recalled how he explained to President Donald Trump, during a visit to Washington DC, that reports on attacks on segments of Nigeria were not entirely true. Buhari added, “It is not an easy task to work for the unity of the country, and I am doing my best. During your stay in the country, I am asking you to ensure that your sources of strategic information cut across.”

He advised the envoy to take her time to study Nigeria by getting facts on the situation of things in the country.

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