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US Embassy's tweets denounce pardon granted to Chief Alamieyeseigha; Nigeria's foreign ministry summons top U.S diplomat for a meeting
| March 16, 2013
Two messages sent by the U.S. Embassy’s Twitter account that criticized the pardon granted to Chief Alamieyeseigha, a former governor of Bayelsa state, who had been convicted on corruption charges has caused a row between the U.S and Nigeria. Chief Alamieyeseigha was impeached and later pleaded guilty to corruption charges in Nigeria after he had fled the UK while on bail over corruption charges also. President Goodluck Jonathan was Alamieyeseigha's deputy while he was the governor and President Jonathan became governor after Alamieyeseigha was impeached. The first tweet said that the U.S. was “deeply disappointed” over the pardon issued this week to Chief Alamieyeseigha. The second tweet from the embassy then said, “We see this as a setback in the fight against corruption.” In response to the tweets, the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying it was urgently calling the U.S. deputy chief of mission, James P. McAnulty, for a meeting. The statement further called called remarks by the U.S embassy “undue interference and meddlesomeness" and pointed out that this was not the first time a government in Nigeria or elsewhere has granted state pardon to individuals who committed one crime or the other. The ministry aslo stressed that President Jonathan followed the provision of the Nigerian constitution granting him the power to issue pardons." The statement also said, “The ministry finally expresses the hope that the embassy of the United States of America would henceforth desist from making unwarranted comments on Nigeria’s internal affairs, which are capable of undermining the friendly relations that exist between them." Related: Nigeria's council of state pardons Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, former governor of Bayelsa State who was convicted and jailed for corruption

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Kayode Toronto    Toronto, Canada    April 06, 2013
Jonathan only promised Fresh Air and literally he promised what God has given. We all assumed the fresh Air meant a different thing but in reality it is no more than the fresh air God has given.
He did not promises not to steal or be corrupt. Next time we should be clear then these politician come with all these stupid statements
T Adam    London, UK    March 17, 2013
That Jonathan was deliberately selected for his weakness and diffidence by an extremely corrupt self-perpetuating cabal to allow their unfettered constant rape of the nation\'s common wealth is now quite obvious to the majority of Nigerians who were successfully deceived into voting for a fraud . It is the blatant display of the sheer shameless and disregard for common decorum his govt continues to exhibit in its impossible defence and encouragement of corruption that continues to set a new low.

It is painful to think that decent Nigerians may have to endure his lot till 2015.
OBJ    HOUSTON TEXAS, USA    March 16, 2013
The truth is bitter. It is only a blind man that cannot see the damage that the pardon has done. Remember President Jonathan's comment of few weeks ago; "Corruption is not the problem, it is our attitude". He has confirmed that statement and it gives impetus to leaders across the nation to steal as much as possible, and they will not be held accountable.

President Jonathan lacks integrity, and the longer he stays in the office, the worse off our nation becomes. He is on pace to become the worst leader of the republic. Something urgent needs to be done to terminate his presidency.

God save us from perpetual mediocrity.
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