Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has revealed that it has stated its position on the killing of protesters at Lekki toll gate to the government of the United Kingdom.
This comes after the United Kingdom parliament threatened to sanction officials involved in the shooting.
Onyeama, while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja said that the Nigerian government has reached to present its own side of the story.
While affirming that the lawmakers are not responsible for imposing sanctions, the minister however noted that it is necessary to give to the U.K. government Nigeria’s own position to enable them to have a balanced perspective.
According to him, “Yes, we have reached out to the U.K government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they don’t speak for the U.K. government which acts for the United Kingdom and has 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. And 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.
“The U.K. government has been briefed. There was a U.K. Parliamentarians meeting and the U.K. government, which acts for the United Kingdom has 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. As in every democracy, members of parliament are able to also able to air their views.
“What is important is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.”
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