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Following the UK Parliament’s move to impose sanctions on some officials over their roles in the violent suppression of the recent #EndSARS protests, the Federal Government has stated that the lawmakers are not in position to impose sanction even as reached out to the British government to present its own side of the story.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday after this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. The Minister while affirming that the lawmakers are not responsible for imposing sanctions, the minister however noted that it is necessary present to the UK government Nigeria’s own position so they will have a balanced perspective.
Onyema said: ‘The UK government has been briefed. There was a UK Parliamentary meeting and the UK 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 also able to air their view.’
‘What is important is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.’
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK