Insecurity: Rights group urges FG to expel Amnesty International
By Stanley Onyekwere
A human rights advocacy group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has urged
the federal government to expel Amnesty International from Nigeria over what it termed as the repeated attempts by the international organization to undermine Nigeria’s security architecture to the advantage of terrorists that have been tormenting the country.
The group also issued Amnesty International a seven-day ultimatum to immediately leave Nigeria, saying Nigerians have had enough of their “absurdity and evil machinations”
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, Executive Secretary of the group, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar said failure for amnesty to leave the country after the seven days, Nigerians will be forced to hit the street in a protest to compel the government to expel the international organization from Nigeria.
Abubakar said Nigerians can no longer tolerate these deliberate acts of sabotage and indirect compromise of national security by the human rights organization.
He said, “To this end, we are opening a register of protests in our office to collect the signatures of Nigerians, who are resentful to the destructive activities of Amnesty International as well as their dubious reports of hate and espionage on Nigerian soil. And failure of Amnesty International to respond to this plea as stipulated, they would incur the wrath of Nigerians, who would have no option than to occupy their offices in the country, until government compels Amnesty International to leave the country.”
According to Abubakar those who pose obstacles which hinder Nigeria’s success must not be tolerated, saying matters like insecurity are matters accorded national priority and handled with all seriousness and priority.
He said the latest report of Amnesty International which alleged human rights violations against the Nigerian military and other arms of security agencies in combating acts of terrorism, separatism and extremism in the country is another indication of the organization’s continued quest to undermine Nigeria’s security.
He described the report as lopsided, biased, partial and concocted with a pre-determined motive to rubbish the good works and the sacrifices of security institutions in Nigeria.
He said, “we are worried and indeed, sad to notice that each time peace and normalcy is returning to these troubled parts of the country, Amnesty International, an international human rights body mindlessly punctures the essence of this peace by cooking up baseless reports that maliciously indict and disparage efforts of the Nigerian security architecture, by alleging unsubstantiated human rights violations.
“We have noticed that each time Amnesty International wail for criminal gangs or terrorists in released reports, Boko Haram terrorists intensify their crude and barbaric attacks, including slitting the throats of captives with knives, gain momentum and the tempo of violent insurrections also heightens in the country.
“Even in the last edition of their report, Boko Haram terrorists struck in Borno a day after it was released, a confirmation that Amnesty International must have been working in consonance with terrorists.”
He said despite the widely circulated videos of Boko Haram atrocities in Nigeria, Amnesty International has not condemned it.