Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: US Congressman Writes Kerry, Accuses Buhari of Autocratic Tendencies, Selective Anti-Graft War

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

US Congressman Writes Kerry, Accuses Buhari of Autocratic Tendencies, Selective Anti-Graft War

A member of the United States Congress, Tom Marino, has written a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking the US government to withhold security assistance to Nigeria until President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrates a “commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech”.



He also asked the State Department to refrain from selling warplanes and other military equipment to Nigeria until President Buhari establishes a track record of working towards inclusion.

In a two-page letter dated September 1, 2016 and addressed to Kerry, a copy of which was exclusively obtained by THISDAY yesterday, Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania who assumed office on January 3, 2011, said there were a number of warning signs emerging in the Buhari administration that signal “the man who once led Nigeria as a military dictator might be sliding towards former autocratic tendencies”.


The Congressman, who is a member of the Committees on the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, and the Chairman, Sub-committee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, said Nigerian government must “hold accountable those members of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Military complicit in extra-judicial killings and war crimes”.


In the six-paragraph letter to Kerry, Marino also expressed concern over Nigeria’s anti-corruption war, saying “of additional concern is President Buhari’s selective anti-corruption drive, which has focused almost exclusively on members of the opposition party, over-looking corruption amongst some of Buhari’s closest advisors. Politicizing his anti-corruption efforts has only reinforced hostility among southerners”.


His letter to Kerry reads: “Dear Secretary Kerry, I am encouraged by the personal interest you have taken in aiding Nigeria and its administration as it takes on endemic corruption, multiple insurgent movements, and a faltering economy. However, I believe there are a number of warning signs emerging in the Buhari administration that signal “the man who once led Nigeria as a military dictator might be sliding towards former autocratic tendencies.”


“I would urge the U.S. to withhold its security assistance to the nation until President Buhari demonstrates a commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech. A logical start towards this commitment is for the Nigerian government to hold accountable those members of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Military complicit in extra-judicial killings and war crimes”.


“Human rights groups like Amnesty International have widely documented torture, inhumane treatment, and extra-judicial killings of defenseless Nigerians since President Buhari took office.”
Quoting Amnesty International Report, he wrote, “in the last six months, Nigeria’s military has unlawfully killed at least 350 people and allowed more than 168 people, including babies and children, to die in military detention.”
He further wrote: “The Secretary to the Government of Kaduna State even admitted to burying 347 of those killed in a mass grave. 



And while President Buhari promised swift condemnation, his words rang empty. Instead of swift reforms, Buhari chose to reinstate Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who Amnesty International revealed was in charge of the Nigerian military unit that executed more than 640 unarmed, former detainees.


“Also, in separate incidents concerning the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Nigerian Army has killed at least 36 – the real number is likely higher – people since December 2015 in an attempt to silence opposition and quell attempts by the group to gather publicly.”
Describing President Buhari as a former military dictator whose reign (as military head of state) was cut short by a coup, he stated that the President has continually shunned inclusivity in favour of surrounding himself with advisors and ministers from the north of the country and the region he considers home.


“Of President Buhari’s 122 appointees, 77 are from the north and control many of the key ministries and positions of power. Distrust is already high in Nigeria and favouring Northerners for key appointments has only antagonized the issue. These appointments are also primarily Muslim in the north and Christian in the south, adding a religious aspect to long-held regional biases.


“Of additional concern is President Buhari’s selective anti-corruption drive, which has focused almost exclusively on members of the opposition party, over-looking corruption amongst some of Buhari’s closest advisors. Politicizing his anti-corruption efforts has only reinforced hostility among southerners,” he claimed in the letter.


He said the Obama Administration would advance justice by urging the Buhari Administration to act decisively to hold accountable members of the police and military.

The congressman said, “This is a logical first step in making a demonstrable, sustained commitment to inclusive democracy, with distributed power in Nigeria. Until President Buhari establishes a track record of working towards inclusion, we ask the State Department to refrain from selling warplanes and other military equipment to the country.



“The State Department should urge President Buhari to form a government that represents the diversity of its citizens and allows dissenting voices to be heard. Democracy can thrive only if people are free to assemble, to express their beliefs, and voice their concerns.”

thisday cullage.



58 comments:

lami said...

In as much as I don't agree with most of buhari's leadership style, I think america should stop poking its nose in other countries affairs cos no other country tells them how to run theirs.

nzube izuu said...

Hmnnnnnn! O mere eme live!

Becky Divine said...

Chisox!! Stella abeg how can i like this article?? Somborri help me out here puhlease!!

When we talk now, it'll seem like we don't know what we are saying!!! Vuharia is bad news!! Nwoke ahu bu bad news!!!

This country has been a mess ever since he took over.. and he is busy buying weapons upandan! For what exactly?? To kill Igbos all over again? To kill any party that dares rise against him? Or to supply to his Boko boys abii?

Thank God other international bodies have started seeing through his evil mask! And very slowly but surely, his true intentions shall be unmasked!! Ndi ojooo..tueh to APC

School Life said...

Oga thank you... Bvs always wanna eat me raw each time I say the truth but God pass them.

Anonymous said...

This man should just fuck up and face his racist oppression black lyching country.?The one that Donald "black hater" and his "anti black" republicans are doing to us right now is enough already.. #blacklivesmatter/ moderndaylyches!!!

School Life said...

They say I'm bitter yet the forgot that the truth is always bitter.

Omah Cindy said...

Buhari goes seeking there help, what do you expect? Nothing goes for nothing. You ask for their help to run your country, they tell you how they want you to run your country. QED

Adadioramma said...

Becky 1m likes, no mind that badluck Vuhari. The country is crippled since this bad news became president.

James said...

Very nice. It's heart warming to know there are still some honest selfless people around the world.

James said...

These heinous actions by Buhari must not be ignored by the US. They should impose sanction on Buhari by banning him from entering the US indefinitely .

barbie micheal said...

It has already been unmasked, or what else do you want?? Only zombies are still supporting him blindly... wicked autocratic oldman

chim_oma chim_oma said...

Good one. Me likey.

barbie micheal said...

Wicked bokohari, biko disappear, we are tired of your bad luck, see how slim he is and he still wants to form military man...rubbish something

Queen Delilah said...

Gbammest! You have said it all. Buhari will not be Nigeria's doom In Jesus Name, Amen! Our God is bigger than his god for sure.

For all those praying for him to die, you guys should stop wasting your breaths, cos that man is not ready to die until he completely ruins Nigeria. But it shall not work for him and his cohorts

Brown sugar said...

This statement is coming from a US Congress Man. Imagine a foreigner has seen thru all the untold hardship, insecurities and authoritative tendencies of our president.

fighting a revengeful anti corruption against opposite parties, while the thieves and crooks in his party and close associates are spared. who is deceiving who?

I'm glad pple out there can also see what we are suffering here.

yet the very blind ones will never see that buhari has drifted frm the aim of fighting corruption and is on to fighting only God knows what..

In all by Gods grace all this shall pass to and i and family shall live to continue to testify of his goodness.

I am the queen and the boss of this blog said...

May God bless you Mr Tom!...

Anonymous said...

You're a biafran so it's hard to take anything you say seriously because it's always tainted with sentiments, always biased and with tribalistic binoculars on.

I won't be surprised to hear that you agreed with FFK when he said the west and mark Zuckerberg have a nothern/hausa agenda but when the west say anything you want to hear, you start singing their praises.

Mind you, these are the same people that refused to sell weapons to GEJ. Was it also because they wanted to stop him from killing igbos and supply his boko boys?

The Boss Lady said...

But to a large extent, PMB has been acting like a one man person who doesnt care what others think or how they feel

Anya Collins said...

Nigga shut up

chim_oma chim_oma said...

Really, how can some people ask Americans to mind their business when President Buhari himself goes/went there to sort/ask for their help? He too should stop going there, America.
They´re trying to tell him what it´ll cost for them to continue doing that which he wants.

Don´t you know that this exchange is as well affecting them. People don´t order things as they would have before. You buy things, you pay Tax which is part of the government´s income. Remember,besides Dubia, America´s like the next door to Nigerians.

President Buhari isn´t voted to fight people that don´t agree with him, or share the national wealth as he wishes(95/5%). This´s DEMOCRACY we´re talking about.

I´ve got so much to write, but let me stop here.

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Anonymous said...

So true..Buhari should just resign,I'm tired of his incompetence

Anonymous said...

Stella dis story too much.But for me Americans too are thieves.This same ppl aided govt officials in d past administration to loot our treasure to hid them in thier country.New they angry such money is not coming in again.They Shd leave Buhari alone o.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I have never been enraged in my life from reading any article like today and this very article,not a supporter of Buhari but how dare he speaks of IPOB? Does he know the number of soldiers that die daily from this bokoharma nuisance? Is it because the military has found a way of handling the situation and not broadcasting the death.how dare this man say all this? Definitely not a friend of Nigeria. the only sensible thing he said is about freedom of assemble and speech and how he makes his appointment but when it comes to country security he should shut up and let us who live and experience it talk,not someone who itches to write on a piece of paper or computer just to be heard.

cakes by Bella's, Abuja. 58DA8ADF, 07080305132, instagram @cakes_by_bellas ,twitter @CBellaabuja said...

True talk.... but am glad the world is watching . Especially the witch hunt on the opposition and turning a blind eye to the thieves in Apc

Anonymous said...

Lol if you want their money, they have a say in who gets it

Anonymous said...

@lami, we are the ones going to them for assistance so we are have to work with their terms and conditions. Like going to a bank to take loan, you have to meet their terms n conditions 1st.

Shyla said...

Very nice. They shouldn't help us biko. Buhari thinks he is herding his cattle. People seem to forget this was once a military dictator truly. What does he know about real politics and the Nigerian economy. Person wey im certificate is still questionable. See how US has info more than the naija citizens sef.

Anonymous said...

America be trying to cause war in Nigeria this is how they start spilling shit just to spread hate and stuff.

Tiger H said...

Goossh, that's the truth

Vivilicious said...

Even foreigners can see clearly the stupid actions of this vuharia.

chinwe said...

when we stop tribalism and learn to live as one
we will go forward in dis country. i have observed dat most of those dat criticise buhari on stellas blog re mostly people from the east. what difference did jona or pdp do for nigeria for d 16yrs pdp ruled, just corruption of d highest level. most of dem stole what their unborn generation will meet and leave. buhari has barely spent 2yrs trying to clean all d mess and its criticism all d way from mostly easterners. l was around during d buhari and idiagbon regime and dey turned dis country around. my only fear is dat d man isnt as young as he was den. There has to be some discomgkrt b4 things can get beta. Pray for ur leaders and ur country and take easy with all d negative talk.

Goaldyn Boy said...

He conspicuously omitted the Fulani herdsmen which Buhari has armed and unleashed on farmers, Christians and southerners to spill their innocent blood!!!

Anonymous said...

When they did,we know what happened in Rwanda.

If they are to mind their biz,tell our govt to reject all their financial aid and co.

Anonymous said...

Lol, you biafrans are funny. When the same US says something bad about GEJ you quickly shout propaganda but now praise them them when it's something you like.

Carry go jor. Don't expect any less from you

Anonymous said...

See nonsense talk. Road side reasoning. Please move to WNB post, only there your kind can thrive.

Becky Divine said...

Anon 16:30, Excuse you? You say?? The fact that I am a Biafran doesn't matter here cos deep within you, you know that everything i typed is the gospel truth.

Vuharia is he not bad news? Has the county not been a mess since he took over? Can you tell me which war he is preparing to fight with all those weapons? Say the truth and it shall set you free! Or you continue to love in denial #okbye

Andromeda O said...

Wow!
See massive, correct Intel on Nigeria.
Mr Tom made sense about President Buhari and his administration; he spoke the truth.
People saying America should mind their business...
Well, Buhari took our business to them.
Seeking help from America is like dining with the devil; something must be given in return and it is usually very costly.
After reading Brice Taylor's, Thanks for the memories - an eye opener - Nigeria should be very careful when dealing with America.
Period.
God help Nigeria.



Anonymous said...

The truth thru say, is bitter. If the current regime is truly fighting kwarruption, most of the former Governors, Ministers, should have all been arrested or made to refund everything they stole. Even if na half remain, we will gladly accept it. If Buhari is being sincere in this fight against Corruption, even Mama Peace would have been arrested. Infect, it should have been a time to cleanse the Country of looters back to IBB the evil genius, OBJ because he had nothing when he got out of Prison. Tinubu for looting Lagos State, the list is endless. But till everyone that looted our treasury empty is booked, thus is just a joke.

Anonymous said...

Nigeria is a sham

Anonymous said...

Buhari is evil

Anonymous said...

Nigeria is a bastard. Cursed by the gods

Chinyelu Okenyeka said...

Lol

PORTABLE VIV the beautiful n sexy queen of sdk blog said...

I blame buhari for all dis rubbish .

PORTABLE VIV the beautiful n sexy queen of sdk blog said...

Anony18:02: easy with hate for igbos b4 u fall into depression

PORTABLE VIV the beautiful n sexy queen of sdk blog said...

The*

Anonymous said...

Maybe this will help to open the deaf ears of Buhari. The world is watching

lami said...

Oh please anon 17:18! Every country does it, so Nigeria is not the first , we all need each other but america always want to use this to blackmail those countries that meet them for help and most time lord it over them.
The americans can't be trusted, remember when gej met them for assistance in weapons to tackle the boko haram menace,they refused and rather sat back to predict Nigeria will crumble in 2015, well God showed them. America is no God and it annoys me when our leaders meet them for help on every issue.

Anonymous said...

Evil leader.
Where is that pastor wey de lie?
The world is seeing the same thing I have been complaining about. Wicked soul called Buhari.

Anonymous said...

Becky divine it's obvious that there's not much I can say to you because it seems you already have your mind made up. You say boko haram are buhari's boys so what is it that anyone will tell you that you'll believe?

Is buying weapons really your problem? Alex badeh said nigeria has not bought weapons since 2006 even with the billions so far spent on procurement. Boko haram, NDA and other enemies of nigeria have better and more sophisticated weapons than our military but you obviously don't see any problem with that. Are we suppose to wait till another crisis happens before we start thinking of arming ourselves?

Why won't nigeria be a mess when the price of oil, our biggest export, is down and we failed to save? Every other nation that's solely dependent on oil is having similar problems, apart from those who were prepared. The government stopped paying salaries since January 2014 in some states. We've headed down this way for some time now. Sanusi lamido predicted this in 2012 in the presence of okonjo iweala and diezeani but they still failed to prepare.

And to add salt to injury, the NDA reduced our oil production by less than half but I'm sure you regard them as heroes or freedom fighters or whatever, people that are directly adding to our hardship.

Feel free to ignore all I just said and continue blaming 'vuharia' for everything. It seems it gives you some respite

Anonymous said...

Nigeria is expired

Anonymous said...

I like it when call us who we are BIAFRANS. Soon our map will be recognized by all.

sisi eko said...

I don't know why reading this post overwhelmed me with anger. Now let's dissect this report.

Mr congress man has openly charged the U.S and advised that they stopped their help to Nigeria in fighting terrorism. As we already know, the BH insurgency has mellowed down considerably recently, and as such, this right here is a security sabotage that may revive the quietness we've been enjoying in the last few months.

The insurgents will read this and call for a rebound, knowing that we may not be able to defend ourselves any longer since the U.S has been advised to stop aiding us. So where's the sense in this?

While I may not totally argue about the other points he raised regarding this administration, I find the aspect of taking our security with such levity, vindictive. For lack of use of a better word. Our security as a country should be the most important thing that NO country has a right to compromise. How dare he suggest such a withdrawal? And openly too??

Let me just leave this post I beg

Starjoy said...

Buhari is to be blame in all of these.

Anonymous said...

Republicans are always like that. Many of the problems we have in the world are caused by American Republicans who would not see the log in their own eyes but make noise about the speck in another. Everything Obama tried to do to better the lives of the common American, they blocked it. They are white supremacist and NRA-gun totting people who are turning American into killing fields but blame others. The amazing thing is that this guy may not even know Nigeria is on the map of the world. he should just shut up.

Anonymous said...

Nigerians be careful what you all wishing for. America is not a country to trust to set anything right in other countries. America should go help Syria first and release all the people trapped under Assad. Remember how America helped destroy Libia? That country has been brought down because America succeeded in bringing confusion into their midst. I am no supporter of either GEJ nor Buhari but we shouldn't give our country to America to ruin either

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