By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: Save Humanity Advocacy Center, SHAC has sued for more support for counter terrorism operations around the country.
The group stressed the need for organizations and individuals across Nigeria and beyond, to seek to laud efforts made by the military in curtailing extremism in the country rather than portraying them in bad light.
Speaking at the inaugural edition of a two-day International Seminar on Humanitarian Issues, Human Rights and The War Against Insurgency In Nigeria, held in Abuja on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary, SHAC, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, pointed out that while certain groups have insisted on speaking on the protection of the human rights of killer terrorists, in a bid to rubbish successes recorded in the counter terrorism efforts in the country, it was necessary that more focus be placed on the number of lives that would have been lost had the military not intervened.
Comrade Abubakar cautioned NGOs and other bodies who, instead of championing peace courses, misrepresent the criminality of terrorists and extremist groups as genuine agitations.
“Focus is often on the negatives without looking at what the success of the military operation has prevented. Boko Haram could have, like the Islamic State (ISIS), advanced further south and leave even more destruction given the scale on which it was operating before the administration of President Buhari made changes in the military leadership to produce results”.
“We must bear in mind that the military has contained the extremism of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), the secessionist activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and militants in the Niger Delta. These are incidents over which some groups have alleged right abuses without necessarily adopting the extant processes to present proofs” he said.
He urged Nigerians and international community to turn their search lights on the need to give justice to soldiers and other security agents who are maimed or killed in the light of their duty.
He noted that the Seminar has brought together human rights experts, humanitarians, crisis managers, those involved in rebuilding efforts and other relevant fields with interventions in the northeast to share experiences with the benefit of international input, so that issues of human rights and humanity can be redefined from a broader perspective than what currently exist.
The theme of the seminar is: “Global War Against Terrorism in Nigeria, a Choice Between Law and Life”