Following the swearing in of new US President, Joe Biden, and the excitement that has trailed it, a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell has warned that cases of human rights abuses may still scuttle the relationship between the two countries.
According to Campbell and some other leading experts, these issues need addressing if the relationship between the US and Nigeria is to be smooth.
He added, “Any new administration does indeed provide an opportunity for strengthening the US-Nigeria bilateral relationship. It should be borne in mind, however, that the Biden administration will place much greater emphasis on human rights issues than its predecessor.”
“Nigeria’s detention of persons without charge, security service abuses of the civilian population and official restrictions on political activities could inhibit the development of a closer relationship. In my view, that would be a shame, as there are so many areas where close bilateral cooperation and consultation could be productive.”
Nigerians had expressed optimism in the wake of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump leaving office. Trump had imposed a travel ban on countries like Nigeria, where the population of Muslims is high.