Donald Trump has announced his appointment of Richard Grenell, the current US ambassador to Germany, as the acting director of national intelligence.
In a tweet on Thursday, February 20, 2020, Trump named Grenell, a staunch supporter of his policies, into the role which essentially oversees all the spy agencies of the United State.
In March 2015, Richard Grenell, a former spokesman for four United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, raised an alarm about the dangers of electing Buhari presidency for Nigeria and the whole of Africa.
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.
Grenell wrote in his piece:
“‘I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria,’ Mr. Buhari said. “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.’
“Agitation? Is this an indication that Mr. 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 Nigeria and beyond. They are also actively terrorizing Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state.
“Mr. Buhari has also spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, has cautioned against a rush to judgement on its members and has personally been selected by the terrorist group to lead its negotiations with the Government of Nigeria. Mr. 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.”
In reaction to the publication, Buhari’s supporters issued death threats to Grenell on Twitter.