The Federal Government, on Wednesday, revealed that it has reached out to the British Government over threats by the UK Parliament, to impose sanctions on Nigerian officials over their roles in the #EndSARS protests.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the Nigerian government has reached out to present its own side of the story. Onyeama also argued that lawmakers are not responsible for imposing sanctions.
“Yes, we have reached out to the UK government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they do not speak for the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom and they have also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.
“So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. Of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also able to air their view. But what is important, is that a balanced picture is made available to them, before they take any decision,” Onyeama said.
Earlier today, the federal government had said that it is not panicking over the demand for sanctions by the United Kingdom lawmakers. The minister of information, Lai Mohammed had said, “We earlier stated that government all over the world who have taken hasty decisions about Nigeria on this issue should please seek the truth. If the decision of any government all over the world is based on fake news, it is very risky. It brings me to the issue of the UK parliament resolution.
“We are not panicking at all as a government for two reasons – the resolution of the UK parliament is not the decision of the country and no serious govt will take a decision such as imposing sanctions based on fake news. This is why we are warning foreign countries to seek the truth and beware of fake news. The entire #EndSARS protest was fuelled by fake news.”