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Amnesty Report: Int’l Conspiracy Against Nigerian Military –Group

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor – Abuja


A non-governmental organisation, Coalition of Civil Society Groups [CCSG], has said the recent report of Amnesty International indicting some senior Nigerian military officers, both serving and retired, was an international conspiracy to frustrate the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

President of CCSG, Etuk Williams, who stated this in Abuja on Monday when the group carried out a peaceful protest in front of the United Nations House located in Asokoro, Abuja, said the report was intended to scuttle the progress recorded so far in the war against insurgency in Nigeria.

Williams pointed out that the said report should be rejected in its entirety, as it was coming at a time when the Nigerian military has reclaimed all lost territories, rescued over 2,000 women and children from the hands of Boko Haram sect, adding that the military is currently on a final mop up operations in the once dreaded Sambisa forest.

He noted that the Amnesty Report was lacking in “basic facts and bereft of fundamental understanding of how the war against insurgency has been fought and almost won in Nigeria.”

He contended that the Report was also intended to blackmail the Nigerian military as well as stampede President Muhammadu Buhari to turn against the military and by so doing, jeopardise the war against Boko Haram.

To this end, Williams called on Amnesty International to stop this campaign of calumny against the Nigerian military in order not to dampen their morale in the fight against the insurgents.

According to him, “The Amnesty International should rather condemn the activities of Boko Haram and call for trial of same in the International Court of Justice.

“The Amnesty International should not play politics with terrorism but should be objective, meticulous and holistic in their assessment and investigations.

“They should also focus on other issues such as corruption and poverty plaguing  the nation, the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and Nigerians cannot be turned against its military as it remains the only beacon of hope in the quest for achieving a united and indivisible country.”

Therefore, the President of CCSG, called on the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to call Amnesty International to order  and stop politically motivated act of international conspiracy against Nigeria.

Responding, one of the Senior staff of United Nations Office in Nigeria, who refused to give his name, assured that the position report of CCSG would be submitted to the UN Secretary General for necessary action.