The reason for the visit of Anony Blinken to Nigeria has been made clear as President Buhari who hosted the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, finally revealed his intentions of what he plans to do with the report submitted by the Judicial Panel to the Lagos State Government, which indicts the Nigerian army and Nigerian Police.
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When the news that the US secretary of State was in Nigeria, many assumed that it was due to the Endsars reports, there were no solid confirmations as to the purpose of his visit. But now the wishful thinking of many isn’t quite far from the truth.
Buhari while speaking to Blinken at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, disclosed that he will wait for the steps taken by governors before the federal government takes action on the reports of the judicial panels of inquiry set up by states to investigate incidents of police brutality.
A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina reads in parts;
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“So many state governments are involved, and have given different terms of reference to the probe panels,” “We at the federal have to wait for the steps taken by the states, and we have to allow the system to work.
We can’t impose ideas on them. Federal government has to wait for the reaction of the states.” “It’s helping us to stabilize the situation in the north-east, and we’ve made a lot of progress since 2015. We are doing a lot on security, and the people involved appreciate our efforts.”
The US secretary of state described the report of the #EndSARS probe panel as “democracy in action”, and said he looks forward to necessary reforms within security agencies.
On the removal of Nigeria from countries violating religious freedom, the President said his administration remains committed to freedom of worship, adding that “no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith”.
He also expressed his appreciation to the US for its support in the sale of military weapons to Nigeria to fight insecurity.