The federal government of Nigeria has reacted to the United Kingdom Parliament’s resolution for sanctions to be imposed on specific Nigerian government officials following a petition it received in relation to gross human rights violation during the #EndSARS protests last month.
Members of the UK parliament on Monday, held a debate on the petition written to the United Kingdom government.
Theresa Villiers, a member of the British Conservative Party opened the debate while the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office sent a minister to respond. Lawmakers took turns to slam the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the poor handling of the protest.
Kate Osamor, a member representing Edmonton, described the “Nigerian government’s violence against its own citizens” as intensifying, adding that the corruption and police brutality still continue.
But in an interview with Thisday, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said the federal government of Nigeria is unperturbed by the decision of the British lawmakers.
He assured that the UK government will not sanction Nigeria based on hearsay, fake social media evidence and emotional sentiments of some of the lawmakers to the EndSARS protests.
“The federal government is not panicky at all. The resolution of the UK Parliament is not necessarily the decision of the UK government.
“And no responsible government will consider sanctioning the federal government based on fake news and hearsay without getting in touch with the government.
“They will also do their own painstaking investigations and also ask for the side of the country. So, we have no reason to panic at all because we know that all the evidence before them is fake news- nothing of big news,” he said.
Mohammed also noted that the position of the UK parliament does not represent the decision of the country’s government.