The presidency has called an unfair and distorted opinion the latest article on Nigeria published by Foreign Affairs (Magazine) entitled “The giant of Africa fails”.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant for media and publicity, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja on Thursday while reacting to the article.
In a letter to the magazine’s editors, the presidential aide frowned at how and how the facts were bent to support distorted opinions.
The letter read in part: “The latest article on Nigeria in Foreign Affairs titled ‘Africa’s Giant is Failing’ is unfair both to a magazine with such esteemed pedigree and to its readers.
“Ambassador Campbell has predicted Nigeria’s collapse for several years. He is of course entitled to his opinions, even when events constantly prove him wrong.
“But the facts shouldn’t be bent to support distorted opinions. Let me give you an example.
“The authors write:” During a meeting in April with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Buhari reportedly called for the headquarters of the US Africa Command to be moved from Germany to Nigeria to be more close to the fight against jihadist groups in the country. North.’
“President Buhari did not ask AFRICOM to move to Nigeria. The transcript of the call with Secretary Blinken is available on the State Department’s website.
“It’s not just the invented addition of ‘in Nigeria’ as it relates to AFRICOM. It sums up a piece that attempts – subtly but revealingly – to shift facts to fit an argument. ”
Nigeria faces multiple challenges, Shehu said, including spreading fake news and damaging opinions.
He said: “This is something we expect from partisan blogs and politically motivated lobbies.
“It’s always a surprise, and a disappointment, to see them joined by Foreign Affairs.