Electing Buhari Would Be A Disaster For Entire Africa – US Envoy

Electing Buhari Would Be A Disaster For Entire Africa – US Envoy

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General Muhammed Buhari speaks at a campaign event in 2011. The elections were marred by post election violence by his supporters in which 800 people were killed

A former spokesman for four United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, Richard Grenell, has foreseen an imminent disaster in the whole of Africa if the All Progressive Congress presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari, scales through the election as the next president of Nigeria.

He made this assertion on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in an article titled “Nigeria on the brink” which was published in the Washington Times, a US-based publication.

Grenell observed that the former military Head of State was working tirelessly to introduce the Sharia law across the country, which according to him would further pose a major challenge to the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and Africa in its entirety.

He said, “Western foreign policy observers pre-occupied with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East should wake up to the reality unfolding in Nigeria. Opposition candidate General Buhari wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria. In fact, he wants it everywhere.

“Is this an indication that Buhari supports violence because the end goal of the terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria and Africa is an Islamic state? It is a legitimate question that should be asked by leaders of the Obama administration.

Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance and support to ISIS. The Northern Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group wants Sharia law throughout the country and beyond. They are also actively terrorising Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state.

“Buhari has also spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, has cautioned against a rush to judgment on its members and has personally been selected by the terrorist group to lead its negotiations with the Government of Nigeria.

“Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state would be a disaster for Africa. It would also signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East.”

He commended the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan in recent weeks towards routing insurgency in the country with the support of patriotic troops, adding that the president deserves the support of the Barack Obama led United States administration and the rest of the world.

Grenell added, “The Nigerian economy has been growing faster than South Africa’s. Imagine what Nigeria could do for Africa if it was also free of Boko Haram’s violence. The Obama Administration should be doing more to ensure Africa’s most populous country doesn’t slip away.”

“Islamic radicals have Africa on their target list and young Nigerians are reported to be interested in ISIS’ messages. Nigeria is at a tipping point. The West, and specifically the Obama Administration, needs to wake up to the growing problem.”

“Nigerians will always uncover impossible room for manoeuvre for politicians. In 2003, I chose Chuba Okadigbo as my running mate. He was a Roman Catholic. He was an Igbo. In 2007, I picked Edwin Ume-Ezeoke. He was a Roman Catholic. He was an Igbo. And in 2010, I chose even a pastor, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

“Honestly, what do Nigerians want me to do? If they don’t believe I’m not a fundamentalist, what else can I do? he rhetorically quizzed.

He maintained that the time has come for Nigeria to stop “short-changing people in the name of religion”.


  1. The predictions were right as it is truly manifesting already in President Buhari administration. Scores of people die every day like chicken

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