Nigeria summons US official over tweets on pardon

first_imgLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s foreign ministry has summoned a top U.S. diplomat to explain why its embassy posted critical comments on Twitter over a presidential pardon given to a former governor convicted on corruption charges.A statement issued Friday night said Nigerian officials filed an urgent request to speak to the U.S. deputy chief of mission over what it described as “meddlesomeness.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 ways to recognize low testosterone In messages Friday on Twitter, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said it was “deeply disappointed” over the pardon issued this week to former Bayelsa state Gov. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was impeached and later convicted in Nigeria. Investigators said he likely stole millions of dollars while in office.Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan once served as Alamieyeseigha’s deputy and pardoned him. His impeachment marked the start of Jonathan’s rise in Nigerian politics.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories last_img

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