Nigeria, a major US ally, celebrated “Democratization Day” on June 12. That day, a former U.S. official warned that the country was in turmoil.
Former Assistant Secretary of State Robert Destro spoke at the online conference “Democracy in Peril” hosted by the Nigerian International Commission on genocide, kidnapping and ISIS-related riots. According to multiple sources, there are more than 60,000 lives.
“One of the coolest things I’ve heard in Abuja last year is that the Civil War has already begun,” he said in his first public review of lessons learned since leaving the Democratic Human Rights Department. I mentioned it in an interview with The Epoch Times. , And labor. “My contacts didn’t say it was a two-sided civil war. They said it was a civil war against everyone against everyone. The government was ethnic and religious. People are presumed to be a threat, even if they are not, because they actively encourage division and discrimination based on target and regional origin. “
Although Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, according to the International Commission on Stephen Enada in Nigeria, Nigeria could soon become Africa’s largest failed state.
All explained, Nigerian security forces have fought an 11-year rebellion in the northeastern states, a Biafra rebellion in the southeastern forests, and a rampant massacre of civilians in the so-called central zone states. It is growing thinly. In addition, polls show that most Nigerians are afraid to be kidnapped for ransom by terrorists and bandits, Destro told the conference.
“My friend told me that only during the war I felt safe as a child raised in Biafra, the lines were clearly drawn and I knew who the enemy was. No one is safe, “he told The Epoch Times.
After confirming in September 2019, Destro stood in the head of State Department experts and loggerhead turtles, he told The Epoch Times.
“As we gathered people, we learned a lot about bureaucracy and the importance of stories. The Department of State’s operational explanation is that this is all about climate change. Do you really care about being slaughtered? About being kidnapped and demanding a ransom? No, what we really care about is climate change. It’s just like saying, “We’re just the people we can’t stand,” Destro told the conference.
“Climate change is a metanarrative that eliminates the need to rely on facts in the field,” Destro told The Epoch Times. “If nomads are invading peasant lands, climate change is a convenient way to avoid seeing the economic, ethnic and religious elements of these conflicts. This concludes the debate and the body. It’s an easy way to hide their reluctance to deal with what people who are constantly afraid of violence consider to be the “root cause.” Doing so would be hostile to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, which they prefer to soothe. “
Security experts warn that if Nigeria sinks into a caliphate fluke, most of West Africa could follow suit. However, Destro says he found it difficult to break the metanarratives of career foreign service officers.
“They don’t want to talk about terrorism. It’s a broader issue, including more than Nigeria. Mozambique is a disaster. Sahel is a new focus for al-Qaeda terrorists. Americans, why this is important to us I wasn’t told what it was, “he said.
“Knowing what is really happening in all regions would be contrary to the accepted peasant and herder story in foreign policy at home and abroad. The official views of DoS and USAID are conflicts. The whole thing is between peasants and nomads. It’s not about corruption. It’s about attempts by some ethnic groups to rule other peoples, and land where Muslim peasants are owned by Christians. And most importantly, we can’t speak openly about the corruption that underlies most human rights issues. “
The threat of violence against Nigerian citizens is dire, says Destro. “The fact that USAID and state programs have fled Nigeria’s Borno state and are facing danger elsewhere has led Nigeria’s federal authorities to fail to protect their most basic human rights obligation, physical security. We tell our objective observers that we are. There is no physical security, no rule of law, and there are no human concerns for Nigerians. “
Some critics of the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, have asked to answer questions from the Parliamentary Oversight Committee.
“The ambassador must testify,” said Destro. “But I think it’s pointless. She parrots the story and bends backwards to avoid difficult questions. Recipients of non-health-related foreign aid are under the basis of evidence-based policy law. So there’s far more hearings that need to justify what US taxpayers are getting for the billions of dollars they’re spending in Nigeria, and whether their programming is effective by any means. Would be good for under the evidence law. “