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HURIWA faults Amnesty International Report

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo  –  Abuja

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has described the recent Amnesty International (AI) report as cheap blackmail that should be thrown into trash-can for being worthless.

Addressing a press conference jointly organised by HURIWA and Association of African Writers on Human and Peoples Right, HURIWA head, Emmanuel Onwubiko said the Amnesty International’s report, in which they investigated alleged rights violations of Boko Haram terrorists is not only porous, but also very watery.

Onwubiko wondered whether Amnesty International is also involved in the lobby for office of nation’s National Security Adviser (NSA) under President Muhammadu Buhari which the North is working so hard to appropriate even when tradition favours either the South East or South South.

“We also believe that if a probe is to be initiated then let it begin from when the anti terror war started and even up to how black market was used to allegedly purchase weapons for Nigeria”, he said.

According to the association, “Any probe must be holistic, comprehensive and all encompassing of all relevant stakeholders; from the inception of the insurgency in 2009 to date.

“Selective probing, with a view to witch-hunting is on its own, a crime against morality and all that modern human society stands for and should never be contemplated”, he emphasised.

The human rights writer also advised that nothing should be done by the federal government to demoralise Nigerian soldiers who are risking their lives in the battle field with the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Onwubiko called on the National Human Rights Commission to step up in its activities by collaborating with other relevant organisations to conduct an independent investigation into the AI report.