Federal Government brushes off US congressman’s criticism

The Federal Government has condemned the letter from a United States congressman; Tom Marino asking his country to withhold security support to Nigeria, describing it as “out of tune with reality’’.


Mr Marino had written the letter to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, alleging infractions on some principles on local and international regulations and conventions by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.


In a statement in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the allegations by Mr Marino were imaginary and that he was poorly informed about the issues he commented on.


He wondered why the congressman did not take the pains to get first-hand information from the US Embassy in Nigeria or any other credible source before engaging in “what is nothing but a propaganda of his own imagination’’.