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“The United States decided to place Nigeria on
it watch list due to humanitarian situation in the country, and the action was
taken as part of an effort to deepen the conversation on the issues
This was
the submission of the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria Ms Mary Leonard
when she visited the presidential villa to present her letter of credence to President
Mohammadu Buhari.


She
stated that the action was taken as part of an effort to deepen the conversation on
the issue at the presidential villa in Abuja to present her letter of credence.
Explaining
some points, President Mohammadu Buhari insisted that Nigeria was wrongly
presented to the rest of the world because of other countries, including the US,
did not widen their sources of information on the country.
A
statement by Buhari’s media aide, Mr Garba Shehu, after the meeting, partly
read, “The  United States Ambassador said Nigeria was listed on a watch
list to deepen the conversation on the humanitarian situation in the country,
accepting that some people could ‘flare the flames and crystalise issues’ that
could affect peaceful coexistence.”
The statement quoted the envoy as saying, “There are people who make
things less attractive than they seem. The report (on Nigeria) will deepen a conversation of the situation in the country, especially with religious leaders
and mediators.”
 Leonard
also told President Buhari that the US “recognizes and celebrates the
integration in Nigeria”, adding that her country would “always side with
transparent processes.”
She
said she was happy to be in Nigeria and would spend time promoting efforts at
addressing the humanitarian challenges facing the country.
Leonard
said, “I feel it is a privilege and great honour to be here; coming to see the
giant of Africa. I have worked for 30 decades before coming to Nigeria. We will
do a lot together for peace, security and delivering humanitarian assistance.”
However,
Buhari, who told the ambassador that some sources of information might be
“misleading” and “self-serving”, said his conscience was clear in line with the oath he took to defend Nigeria.
He
said, “I know that those with access have created an impression of being marginalized.
I sit here with a clear conscience. I took an oath and I am honouring the
office.”
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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