The Nigerian Army has again warned Amnesty International against issuing reports attacking the Nigerian military in the country’s war against insurgency and insecurity.
In a statement issued on Monday, February 27 by acting director of defence information Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar and posted to PR Nigeria, the military accused Amnesty International of working against the interest of Nigeria.
The military claimed that Amnesty International is siding with terrorists in its reports and clearly working against Nigeria’s unity.
The statement read: “Nigerian Military wishes to warn International Non-Governmental Organisations operating in the country such as Amnesty International (AI) and their affiliates to desist from meddling into security issues in our country which is inimical to national interest, cohesion and unity.
“Activities of AI in our nation have shown that AI never meant well for Nigeria and the situation is getting clearer to national and international communities what the AI is up to. This could be corroborated by inherent lop-sidedness in the AI’s portrayal of Nigeria, its involvement in local politics and taking side with terrorists and other belligerent groups to cause internal disorder, which no country can tolerate.
“The military in this new dispensation has maintained open door policy and has been cooperating with all stakeholders in ensuring that Nigerian Armed Forces remains one of the best and a proud institution for all Nigerians.
“For AI to be making spurious allegation, especially without substantiated and cogent reason, apart from those adduced by the AI itself for the reason best known to it and its collaborators is disturbing and unethical of an international organization that is supposed to stay clear of local politics and to be seen as maintaining neutrality in its reportage of the countries it operates.
“Incessant negative report on Nigeria in general and the Armed Forces in particular by AI is condemnable by all well-meaning Nigerians who have seen and appreciate what the military and other security agencies have done to decimate Boko Haram terrorists and contain other criminal elements.
“The AI infamous act only succeeds in giving an insight to the possibility of the organization sponsoring various criminal gangs in our country with a view to achieving the sponsor’s intent. As much as the military welcomes comments, criticism and observation that could help the institution to grow higher for the interest of our nation, the activities of the AI, to say the least, is far from being noble. Al has negative mission in Nigeria.
“It is an agent of destabilization, masquerading as a reputable international NGO which Nigerians must rise up to this daunting challenge of not giving AI the chance to truncate our hard earned democracy and unity. It does not operate like this in other nations of the world, hence the military once again condemns the activities of the AI and its affiliates in Nigeria, that it is not until you write negative report about Nigeria before you are seen working or justifying the huge amount you receive from international bodies.
“While the military and other security agencies remain focus in tackling the mirage of security problems in our nation, we urge our citizens, partners and international communities to continue to support Nigeria in its quest to free us from the hands of criminal elements which AI and its cohorts are supporting.
“It is our conviction that, despite AI fanning the ember of disunity, hate and destabilization in our land, Nigeria would continue to remain united, strong and prosperous to take her rightful place in the comity of nations.”
NAIJ.com recalls that the Defence headquarters (DHQ) had on Wednesday, February 22 slammed Amnesty International for allegedly carrying fabricated ‘lies’ about Nigeria and its battle against the Boko Haram insurgents.
The AI had reported the death of 240 people including babies in Borno as well as another 177 pro-Biafran agitators, but the DHQ reacted sharply calling it another spurious fabrications from the international organisation and aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian military.