Amnesty International has condemned the recent attack on Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) by the Presidency.
This was contained in a statement on Saturday, December 4, by Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International Country Director for Nigeria.
According to Amnesty, the attempt by the Nigerian government to gag SERAP for holding authorities to account is yet another dimension of the escalating attacks on civil society organizations and human rights defenders in Nigeria.
“Nigerian authorities must stop this resort to smear campaign whenever asked to be accountable to the people. Instead of attacking SERAP and other civil society organizations; the government should pay attention to questions they raise to promote social justice,” Amnesty said.
Meanwhile, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has vowed to expose those plotting to destabilize the enduring peace in Enugu State.
This came in the wake of a statement issued by a group led by one Amb. Tony Chiemelu Obizoba, who claimed he was coming; to lead one million-man march in Enugu to demand Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s scorecard.
In its statement issued on Friday, December 3, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said he had a long time ago cautioned about the activities of fifth columnists who were uncomfortable with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s good rating ahead of the 2023 elections.
Okwu said it was baseless for any right-thinking and honest person to say there was a lack of good governance in Enugu State when all indicators and statistics showed otherwise.
He noted that hiding under a non-existing alias, ‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly’ was part of the game plan; by politicians who feel so threatened by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s rising profile.
“We read with consternation the report in a section of the media credited to one faceless person, who goes by the name Amb. Tony Chiemelu Obizoba and who claims to be the Director-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide.
“Our first thought was to ignore the faceless report; but we had to respond so as not to allow it to have credence; in the minds of some gullible and uninformed members of the public.”