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Amnesty International Fires Back At The Nigeria Army

Government at all levels has failed to take permanent and proactive measures

Amnesty International, the human rights organization, has refuted the claims by the Nigerian Army that the group is working hard to destabilize the nation.

In a statement released by the chairman of Amnesty International (AI), Nigeria, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani during the unveiling of its latest report, “Harvest of Death: Three Years of Bloody Clashes Between Farmers and Herders” in the country’s capital, Abuja, he said:

”My response to the military threat to shut down Amnesty International or any human right organisation operating in Nigeria is that it is not the solution to the negligence or the failure to the untimely response to the issue of human rights and providing security for Nigeria,” 

”We are not a threat, we are not joining issues with anybody, we are not agents of destruction and we are not a politically-motivated organisation,”

The Nigeria Army, through its spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, had earlier accused the human rights group of trying to destabilize the country in an earlier report. The Army claim the rights group was behind the sponsoring of agitating groups of protesters across the country.

Amnesty is not engaging in sabotage, but to help in ending the violence in the country.

”We would advise the military to look at the recommendations we have made to the government and address them,” 

”Your right can be protected today, that same right can be violated tomorrow and if you do not have a voice to speak on behalf of the voiceless, there would be a problem.

The high level of corruption at all levels and political impunity was responsible for the mayhem in the country and wanted all the politicians to work together to end the violence in the country said the group’s chairman.

”Amnesty just wants the government together with security agencies, religious leaders and community leaders to work together and end the violence,” he said, adding that, ”The herder crises is not acceptable.”

”Government at all levels has failed to take permanent and proactive measures.

“Rather than allow it to happen, why not prevent it.

“Prevention is better than cure.

”Sometimes some of the government officials are just quick in dismissing the findings rather than study some of these reports so as to be able to take proactive measures

”As a matter of fact, some of the government officials at the local, state and national government rather than them protecting these victims they indulge in all sort of political games with the lives of Nigerians and they are clearly mismanaging the use of security vote.

”And because of what the state governors are getting, they would not want this violence to end.

”Many of them get these early warning because these attacks do not just happen, there are signs, avoidance to do that has caused a lot of criminal activity,” he concluded.

As Nigeria heads to the general elections in 2019, the whole world is watching in anticipation of some level of violence as warned by US intelligence.



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