The United States (US) has denied allegations that it colluded with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to disrupt the treatment of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in India.
It would be recalled that the secretary of the academic forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa, had alleged that the Buhari government and some “security operatives working for the US” were conniving to ensure that the Shiites leader would not be treated in India.
The Shiites’ academic forum secretary said the management of Medanta Hospital, New Delhi, had been threatened not to admit him for treatment.
His words: “Reports reaching us from the hospital indicate that the security agents are colluding with foreign security agents believed to be working for the American government.
“Even before the Sheikh arrived at the hospital, we gathered from a competent source that officials of the American embassy in India instructed management of the hospital not to admit the Sheikh for treatment.
Recall that the Shiites leader had since returned to Nigeria and has been taken into the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The Federal Government claimed that the IMN leader and his wife, Zeenat engaged in different antics to embarrass the country in India.
However, in an inquiry by the Nation, the US embassy dismissed IMN’s claim saying it has no comment on the baseless allegations.
It stated that the US hold highly human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens.
“The Embassy of the United States to Nigeria has no comment on these baseless allegations. We will state that promoting, protecting, and advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms continue to be a top priority for the United States. The right to exercise one’s freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is a universal human right and bedrock American principle,” the Embassy stated.
Why Trump Doesn’t Want War With Us — Iran’s President Rouhani
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has stated that he doesn’t believe Trump wants a war with his country as it will ”affect his re-election prospects.”
According to Rouhani, the US’ maximum pressure sanctions against Iran has failed, and the Iranian regime will only renegotiate with the US if crippling sanctions against Iran are removed and the US rejoins the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal negotiated by Obama but exited by Trump in 2018.
The Iranian leader added that war would be harmful to U.S. interests and those of its regional allies like Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as Iran.
“I think the Americans aren’t after war since they know what harm it could do them,” said Rouhani in a news conference.
Rouhani said that Persian Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar stood a lot to lose if conflict between Iran and the U.S. turns to war.
‘Talks could take place if the U.S. were to scrap damaging economic sanctions and reinstate commitments made in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by the Obama administration between Iran and global powers’, Rouhani said.
Rouhani also said he didn’t care who won the next US elections.
“We will never sit at the negotiating table with a weak position,” Rouhani said.
U.S.-Iranian relations have been strained for a while resulting in the early-January U.S. drone strike ordered by Trump that killed Iran’s general, Qassem Soleimani to which Iran responded with airstrikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops which left scores of soldiers with brain injuries.
US Air Force To Allow Uniformed Members Wear Turbans, Hijabs, Beards
The United States Air Force has announced a new set of dress code rules to allow uniformed military personnel to wear turbans or hijabs.
As a part of the United States Air Force military clothing policy, military uniform will now allow military personnels to wear turbans or hijabs.
According to the new revised dress code policy, the “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel” code, now permits airmen to request a waiver to wear religious apparel while in uniform as long as they are “neat and conservative.”
Although, the material used for the headwear must resemble the color of the assigned uniform and includes camouflage. It must be worn in a fashion that presents a “professional and well-groomed appearance.”
Members can also can request permission to have unshorn beards and unshorn hair but if the length of the beard exceeds 2 inches, it must be “rolled an or tied”
US Military Airman 1st Class Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa became the first active-duty Sikh to be permitted to wear a turban, beard and long hair in 2019 after a special request to observe religious practices.
‘As Long As I’m President, Gay Marriage Will Not Happen In Russia’ — Putin Declares
Speaking on Thursday in Kremlin, where he met a state commission to discuss the changes to Russia’s constitution, the 67-year-old spoke against allowing the traditional notion of mother and father to be ‘subverted’ by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”.
“As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again: as long as I’m president this will not happen. There will be dad and mum,” Putin said.
Last month, Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister of Russia and the entire Russian government resigned after President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional reform that would allow him to remain in power indefinitely.
While addressing his parliament at that time, Putin proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to increase the powers of parliament while maintaining a strong presidential system.
“I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution,” Putin said.