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#EndSars: 20 CSOs accuse Amnesty International of attempting to destabilize country

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#EndSars: 20 CSOs Accuse Amnesty International of attempting to destabilize country

By Deborah Musa

20 civil society organizations have accused the Amnesty International (AI), a rights body of fuelling the recent unpleasant out come of the hijacked #EndSARS protests across the country.
They liken its actions to an enemy of Nigeria bent on destabilizing the country.
They while addressing newsmen at the weekend, noted that Nigeria was a sovereign nation, saying some organizations only masquerade as human rights groups while they fueled the crisis.
To this end, the civil society organizations threw their weights behind the call for the expulsion of Amnesty International from Nigeria, over its unethical role in the aftermath of #EndSARS protests.
In a prepared text, titled: “Amnesty International Must Leave Nigeria in the National Interest”, which was read to newsmen at the event, the 20 CSOs said the “Amnesty International has indicated through their nefarious activities that they indeed mean no good for Nigeria through its constant and aggressive attacks on critical government institutions charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and preserving the territorial integrity of the country.”

The text of the briefing was signed by Dr Chris Nwabuaze for Action Against Bad Governance. (AABAG); Barr.  Hafiz Olugbenga, representing Global Initiative for Peace and Security (GIPES) and Hajiya Aminu Umar Bida for Mother’s Alert Initiative (MOAI).

Dr Chris Nwabuaze,who read the text on behalf of others, explained that the press conference was “held in the light of the circumstances in Nigeria concerning the aftermath of the EndSARS protest that led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties in parts of Nigeria. “

The groups said in fulfilment of their mandate to ensuring and encouraging peace initiatives in Nigeria and the African continent as a whole,

“We see the recent actions by suspected mobs and hoodlums as an affront to the budding democracy in Nigeria.

“The role of some organizations masquerading as human rights groups in fuelling the crisis cannot be overemphasized hence this press conference is to put the records straight and demand actions to be taken by the relevant authorities towards the preservation of our nascent democracy in Nigeria.

“It is a statement of the fact that Nigeria as a sovereign country is up against some very powerful external forces that are bent on seeing to the disintegration of the country through proxy organizations under various nomenclatures. 

“It is our candid opinion the Amnesty International is one of such organizations whose operations in Nigeria has been tailored towards ensuring that peace and tranquillity elude us by systematically fueling conflict and providing support to terrorist and other militants groups in the country.

“Amnesty International has indicated through their nefarious activities that they indeed mean no good for Nigeria through its constant and aggressive attacks on critical government institutions charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and preserving the territorial integrity of the country,” they said.

The 20 CSOs said the AI’s action was a confirmation of what “we  exposed in our numerous engagements in Nigeria over the years. “

It is indeed a statement of fact that we have organized town hall meetings, advocacy visits, on the spot assessment tours and other forms of citizens led engagements towards unravelling the true motives of Amnesty International in Nigeria, and our findings have been consistent with the fact that Amnesty International is out on a mission to undermine our democratic journey in Nigeria.

“We consequently wish to inform the generality of Nigerians that the atrocities committed by Amnesty International against Nigeria are numerous and unforgivable due to the severity of their actions and the consequent negative impact it has had on the socio-economic fibre of the Nigerian nation, “they added.

According to the groups, “Amnesty International has, on several occasions, launched scathing attacks on the Nigerian Military in the prosecution of the war against terrorism in Nigeria.”

“It has continuously released highly misleading information on the operational effectiveness of the Nigerian Military wherein it has notoriously accused the Nigerian Military of human rights violations mostly when gains are made in decimating the Boko Haram terrorist group in North-East Nigeria.

“Amnesty International also perfected the art of acting as the spokesperson of terrorist and militant groups in Nigeria such as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other violent groups in the country.” The groups claimed.

The text read further: “We are therefore alarmed that Amnesty International in its characteristics manner has been subtly fuelling acts of violence in Nigeria, capitalizing on the EndSARS protest to project a disjointed narrative that would further agitate the people towards resorting to acts of violence across Nigeria.

“It is our considered opinion that Amnesty International is indeed acting the script of some very powerful forces that do not mean well for Nigeria hence their constant and despicable regime of falsehood deliberately intended to undermine National Security in Nigeria.

“The EndSARS protest and the attendant mayhem that occurred and the despicable and deliberate refusal by Amnesty International to condemn the wanton looting and arson by thugs and hoodlums is an indication that Amnesty International does not and has never meant well for Nigeria.


“Amnesty International, in its characteristic manner, has feigned ignorance to the burning down of police units and formations, as well as the burning to ashes of over 30 police officers and not less then 6 soldiers killed in the line of duty across Nigeria.

“Amnesty International has for inexplicable reasons refused to condemn these gory acts because it is part of their overarching objective to see Nigeria disintegrate in fulfilment of the desires of their paymasters.

“We stand resolute in its support for the seven days ultimatum for Amnesty International to leave Nigeria in the interest of peace and tranquillity. This call is indeed for the redemption of the soul of Nigeria from the clutches of those vested interests that are bent to destabilizing Nigeria.

“Our support for the expulsion of Amnesty International from Nigeria is hinged on National Security concerns as there are abounding reasons and pieces of evidence to prove that Amnesty International is up against the continued existence of Nigeria as a country.

“We wish to inform the general public that the continued stay of Amnesty International in Nigeria would ultimately spell doom for the country and hence the need for the relevant authorities to begin the process of seeing that the seven days ultimatum takes effect in the overall interest of the country.

“It is our firm conviction moving forward that Nigerians must not sit and watch how an organization in the likes of Amnesty International truncate our nascent democracy. This would not happen, and Nigerians from all walks of life must stand in defence of our dear country in this critical point of our existence. 

“We are therefore endorsing the seven days ultimatum that Amnesty International must depart Nigeria without any further delay for Nigeria is not a zoo and a slaughter slab as they so desire hence their nefarious activities.


“We are using this medium to send a strong message to the promoters of Amnesty International that indeed they have tested the patience of Nigerians and moving forward we shall resist a further fuelling of conflict in Nigeria.

“Our message is that Amnesty International has overstayed its welcome in Nigeria and indeed the time to leave is now. We stand in solidarity with Nigerians in this regard, and Amnesty International must leave Nigeria in the interest of peace and tranquillity.  

“Nigerians would no longer tolerate any group or association that is against our collective interest as a people and as a country. The time is indeed now. And this remains sacrosanct.

“We thank you all for taking out time from your busy schedules, and it is our collective desire that Nigerian shall continue to experience sustainable peace, growth and development. “

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