Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has accused the Nigerian Federal Government of ruining the country’s reputation globally due to its alleged rebellion to court orders and complete treachery to the rule of law.
John expressed his concerns about the insecurity and state of the nation in his statement titled “Buhari’s Dictatorial Past and the Rule of Law Today in Nigeria” following Punch Newspaper’s report. The Ex-US Ambassador to the Nigeria who served from May 12, 2004, to July 19, 2007, said with his rank as a military dictator and calling attention to President Buhari’s government as a “regime” as an illustrative demonstration of their protest against the President’s alleged autocracy and military-style repression. The announcement was issued on Council on Foreign Relations official website and it goes thus;
“The state security service assault on a courtroom and the re-arrest of Sowore has already damaged the country’s international reputation. “Buhari is not surprising, but it is worth noting that Zakzaky and Dasuki are both northern Muslims. What is different this time is the parallelism between military rule and Buhari’s civilian administration. “Nigeria’s foreign friends will be hoping that the government takes no move to limit Punch’s freedom of expression. The SSS assault on a courtroom and the re-arrest of Sowore has already damaged the country’s international reputation.
“The Sowore re-arrest is consolidating opposition to the president by civil society, the press, international opinion and now religious leaders. It is to be hoped that the Buhari administration is looking actively for a way to defuse the Sowore issue, perhaps by allowing him to return to the United States.”