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Amnesty International ‘Sponsoring’ Boko Haram – Sagay

Posted: Jun 28, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi,  Lagos

Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has berated Amnesty International (AI) over its recent report accusing the Nigerian military of extra-judicial killings and war crimes in the battle against terrorism in the country, and asked the Federal Government to send them out of Nigeria.

Prof. Itse Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay

Speaking in a chat with Sunday Independent, Sagay who described AI as an imperialist organisation on a mission to ensure Nigeria remains under-developed said the organisation through its action has shown that it is one of the major sponsors of Islamist fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.

Sagay’s  accusation is coming on the heels of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (Rtd) dismissal of the allegation by Amnesty International (AI) that the Nigerian Military were guilty of war crime against civilian populace in the North Eastern part of the country, describing it as baseless.

Gen. Ihejirika made the position known at the occasion of National Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria Lecture and the award presentation to him by HURIWA in recognition of his contribution to the war against terrorism in Nigeria.

But Sagay, while describing the report as spurious, baseless and bias, urged the federal government to take a decisive action against AI by sending them out of the country.

“I stopped attending any Amnesty International occasion long ago because I have seen through them for a long time. It is an imperialist organization sent to this country to run down Nigeria and ensure that we continue to remain under developed, wretched and continue to be subjected to war and attrition so that we will never be able to develop”.

“It is like there are some imperialists who are afraid that this large country with a large population with reasonable resources will emerge one day as a power. So, I think Amnesty International was sent to keep us down”.

“That report is spurious; there is no basis in it. And to think that they will come hard against our military for trying to defeat Boko Haram, which is probably the worst terrorist organization in the world , even worse than ISIS looking at the number of casualties, that totally destroyed half of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, that has brought so much pain to this country and are currently keeping over 200 young Nigerian girls and Amnesty International will now say that this is the organization that they are going to support and use to bring Nigeria down shows that Amnesty International is the sponsor of Boko Haram”.

According to Sagay, “Nobody should listen to them.  If I were in government, 24 hours after that report, I would have closed down the Amnesty International office and deported all of them. I will tell them ‘go and meet their masters and let them do their worst’. We shouldn’t allow saboteurs like that to remain in this country.”

For him, the worst human rights violation for the past six years were the abuses committed by the militant sect, which was responsible for the killings, bombings, and other attacks throughout the country, resulting in numerous deaths, injuries and the widespread destruction of property.

The Amnesty International had in its recent report published on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, accused the Nigerian military of carrying out abuses against civilians, as part of their fight against the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram