President Muhammadu Buhari said he is doing his best to protect the fundamental human rights of citizens in the country, with a clear conscience and in honour of his oath of office.The President, therefore, asked the US government to ensure that its sources of information on Nigeria, cut across all sectors, explaining that some people might provide misleading and manipulative narratives for self-serving purposes, ignoring the larger picture of a united country.
He made the remarks after receiving Letters of Credence from the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Mary Leonard.
President Buhari said the recent listing of Nigeria for human rights concerns creates an impression that some people were being unfairly treated or marginalised in the country, which is not the exact situation.
The President said during his trip to the U.S, he took time to explain the situation in the country to the American leader.
The President asked the US diplomat to use the opportunity of her posting to Nigeria, to get facts on the country.
In her remarks, Leonard said Nigeria was listed on a watch list to deepen conversation on the humanitarian situation in the country, accepting that some people could “flare the flames and crystalize issues’’ that could affect peaceful coexistence.