Group issues 7-day ultimatum to Amnesty International to leave Nigeria

Group issues 7-day ultimatum to Amnesty International to leave Nigeria

A human rights organisation under the aegis of Conference of Nigeria Civil Society for Peace, Human Rights and National Unity (CNCSPHRNU) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Amnesty International to quit Nigeria or face its wrath.

This ultimatum was issued to Amnesty International on Sunday, December 13, with the group criticising the 2020 report of AI; alleging rights violation and atrocities by the military troops in the North East.

This was contained in a statement by its National Coordinator, Prof. Wole Ajayi, and National Secretary, Festus Nwankwo.

It also demanded a full investigation into the allegations by the International Criminal Court (ICC), besides accusing Amnesty International of allegedly showing sympathy to terrorists through its reports.

According to the organisation, the Nigerian military authorities should continue their war against terrorists; with a view to securing the country.

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1st News had reported that Amnesty International, in its 2020 report titled, ‘My heart is in pain: Older people’s experience of conflict, displacement, and detention in North-East Nigeria’, accused the Nigerian military of committing human rights violation; as well as high-level atrocities in its battle against terrorists in the North East.

The CSO however said the report of Amnesty resulting in ICC’s pronouncement was a “deliberate falsehood; aimed at demoralising the frontline troops; so that their ally, the Boko Haram would eventually win their war against the Nigerian state.

The statement read in part: “Nothing can be further from the truth like these sponsored allegations. We wish to condemned the report in its entirety. We pass a vote of confidence on our gallant troops fighting in the North East and other parts of the country.

“Our hospitality has been abused and there is a need for urgent action before we lose our country. Consequently, we wish to give Amnesty International seven days to vacate Nigeria shore; failure to do so will attract severe consequence.”

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