Saturday, 21 March 2015

‘Electing APC candidate would be disaster for Africa,’ says US diplomat

A former US diplomat has said that it will be a disaster for Africa if Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), becomes Nigeria’s President.

Richard Grenell, a former spokesperson for four US Ambassadors to the United Nations, also accused Buhari of working tirelessly to enthrone Sharia law in Nigeria.

Grenell made the statements in a piece titled “Nigeria on the Brink” which was published in the Washington Times on Thursday, March 19.

The article reads:

“Western foreign policy observers pre-occupied with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East should wake up to the reality unfolding in Nigeria. Opposition candidate General Buhari wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria. In fact, he wants it everywhere.”

“Is this an indication that Buhari supports violence because the end goal of the terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria and Africa is an Islamic state? It is a legitimate question that should be asked by leaders of the Obama administration.

“Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance and support to ISIS. The Northern Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group wants Sharia law throughout the country and beyond. They are also actively terrorising Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state.

“Buhari has also spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, has cautioned against a rush to judgement on its members and has personally been selected by the terrorist group to lead its negotiations with the Government of Nigeria.”

“Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state would be a disaster for Africa. It would also signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East.”

“Islamic radicals have Africa on their target list and young Nigerians are reported to be interested in ISIS’ messages. Nigeria is at a tipping point. The West, and specifically the Obama Administration, needs to wake up to the growing problem.”

Grenell also praised President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for its victories against Boko Haram and urged US President Barack Obama and the rest of the world to support the Nigerian President.
Source: Pulse

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