Nigerian Army Wants Amnesty International Kicked Out Of Nigeria
It appears that the Nigerian army is fed up with constant accusations of human rights abuses by international rights group, Amnesty International.
As a result, the army is now demanding that the rights group leave Nigeria.
The army is asking for the closure of the AI offices in Nigeria, alleging there is credible evidence the organisation is working hard to destabilise the country.
The army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said in a statement on Monday that the organisation’s attempt to destabilise the nation was noted through fabrication of fictitious allegations of rights abuses.
Usman also alleged the AI had engaged in secret sponsorship of dissident groups to protest, as well as unfounded allegations against the leadership of the Nigerian military.
Usman said the Nigerian branch of AI that has hitherto been well respected has deviated from the core values, principles and objectives.
“They have tried over the years using Boko Haram terrorists’ conflicts, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, some activists and now herders-farmers conflicts.
“The NGO is at the verge of releasing yet another concocted report against the military, ostensibly against the Nigerian Army.
“Consequently, Nigerians should be wary of Amnesty International (Nigeria) because it’s goals are to destabilise Nigeia and to dismember it.
“The Nigerian Army has no option than to call for the closure of Amnesty International offices in Nigeria, if such recklessness continues,” the statement said.
This is coming days after the army suspended the activities of UN agency, UNICEF in northeast Nigeria over spying allegations. The suspension was lifted after a few hours.
Also, this is coming on the heels of a demand by a coalition of Civil Society Organisations including; Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Enough is Enough, and BudgIT for the probing of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS over the funding of the war against terrorism and other crimes in the country.
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