Human rights group, Amnesty International, has responded to the claim by the Nigerian military, that the organisation is working to destabilise the country, saying that it is not engaging in sabotage.
Amnesty International Nigeria Chair, Auwal Musa, who debunked the claims of the Nigerian Army on Monday at the unveiling of its report, “Harvest of Death: Three Years of Bloody Clashes Between Farmers and Herders”, in Abuja, said the shut down is not the solution to negligence.
“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,” he remarked.
Musa, stressed that his group is not a political organisation and also not a threat to anyone.
According to him, “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,” he said. “Amnesty is not engaging in sabotage, but to help in ending the violence in the country”.
He advised the military to look at the recommendations the Organization has 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 perpetrators of political impunity and corruption at all levels in the country would not want the violence to end”, he noted.
Recall that the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, in a statement on Monday, alleged Amnesty International had engaged in clandestine sponsorship of dissident groups to protest, as well as make unfounded allegations against the leadership of the Nigerian military.
On the other hand, Musa said Amnesty International only want individuals at high levels to work together to end the killings in Nigeria, adding that government at all levels have failed to take permanent and proactive measures to prevent the incidents.
“Amnesty just wants the government together with security agencies, religious leaders and community leaders to work together and end the violence,” he said. “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”.
He added that some government officials at the local, state and national government get these early warning signs, but do nothing to avoid it.