.By Abraham Olatokunbo
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has cautioned Amnesty International and other non-governmental organisations in the country against attempts to distract and undermine the troops on the frontline.
According to the centre, the allegation of excessive use of force by security agents in the South-East is another scheme targeted at dampening the morale of security personnel helping to restore sanity across the country.
The group made this known at a press conference on Monday in Abuja to address the systematic attack on the Armed Forces’ efforts in addressing the security challenges in the country.
Comrade Paul Ikyado, the Executive Director of the SHAC, said that the rights group have consistently displayed deep-seated anger against the security agencies in Nigeria for inexplicable reasons.
Ikyado noted that in the past, this has given insurgents and other criminal elements the impetus to further carry out deadly attacks on innocent Nigerians, including women and children in the North-East.
The group wondered why the heinous crimes committed by the Eastern Security Network, the militant wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has been overlooked by the rights group.
The SHAC, therefore, warned Amnesty International that any more act of sabotage against troops will not be tolerated.
It further charged the leadership of the various security agencies in the country to continue to give their best in this critical point by not succumbing to the cheap blackmail perpetrated by Amnesty
The centre, however, advised Amnesty International to be circumspect in its public outings and retrace its steps, calling a spade a spade and not taking sides with terrorists and criminal groups under the guise of human rights advocates
Read the full statement below…
The leadership of the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre warmly welcomes you all to this press conference put together to put issues in proper perspectives with regards to the recent press statement credited to Amnesty International on the excessive use of force by security operatives in South-East Nigeria.
Amnesty International has consistently displayed deep-seated anger against the security agencies in Nigeria for inexplicable reasons. It is on record that Amnesty International, over the years, have engaged in acts that undermine national security in Nigeria and the efforts of the security agencies in addressing the security challenges in the country.
This act is worrisome because whenever the security agencies are recording gains in the fight against insurgency and other acts of criminalities, Amnesty International would come up with trumped-up allegations that aim to cause a distraction for the security agencies.
The recent press statement alleged that the security agencies employed excessive force in South-East Nigeria. This is an example of the ignoble role of Amnesty International in festering conflict in Nigeria.
This trend has in times past given insurgents and other criminal elements the impetus to further carry out deadly attacks on innocent Nigerians, including women and children in North-East Nigeria and other parts of the country.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre frowns at such disposition from an organization that claims to be advocating for respect for human rights across the globe, whereas it has been covertly providing intellectual support for terrorist groups and fueling conflict in countries where they operate.
This recent case is indeed an assault on the sensibilities of Nigerians and a systematic attack on the Armed Forces’ efforts in addressing the security challenges in the country. This is indeed condemnable and an act of terrorism in itself.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre is indeed alarmed that Amnesty International could issue such a statement accusing the Armed Forces of using excessive force in its operations to rid South-East Nigeria of criminal elements.
The tactic support for the Eastern Security Network by Amnesty International leaves a lot to the imagination in the sense that they have either by commission or omission refused to condemn the atrocities perpetrated by this group of an armed militia group, whose activities have resulted in arson, looting, and destruction of government infrastructures in some states in South-East Nigeria.
Amnesty International has also feigned ignorance to the heinous crimes committed by the Eastern Security Network, the militant wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and tactically given their support for the rise of militancy and insurrection in Nigeria.
Amnesty International is quick to assert “human rights violations and crimes under international law in Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia state from January 2021”, but it is blind to the burning down of police stations, courts, killing of security agents, and attack on government properties by members of the Eastern Security Network.
This is indeed conceivable and a reason for the generality of Nigerians to see through the veiled deceit in the activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria over the years.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre views the statement of Amnesty International as deliberate and too much of a coincidence in its constant criticism of the Armed Forces, especially in times where gains are recorded in the prosecution of the war against crime and criminalities in Nigeria. It is thus succinct to state that enough is enough for Amnesty International and their conspirators in Nigeria, for we shall no longer tolerate acts of sabotage.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre indeed stands with the renewed efforts of the security agencies in addressing the security challenges in South-East and Nigeria at large, especially when the terrorist, bandits and other criminal elements are already feeling the heat.
We consequently charge the leadership of the various security agencies in the country to continue to give their best in this critical point of our existence by not succumbing to the cheap blackmail perpetrated by Amnesty International and their sponsors.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre also encourages those patriotic and dedicated security operatives in the line of duty to continue to render selfless service to the country by not been distracted by the disjointed narrative of Amnesty International that aims to give support to terrorists and militant groups in the country.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre wishes to use this medium to advise Amnesty International to be circumspect in its public outings and retrace its steps by calling a spade a spade and not taking sides with terrorists and criminal groups under the guise of human rights advocates. The era of masquerading as human rights advocates is gone as Nigerians are now aware of their antics and more committed to resisting their shenanigans.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre extends its appreciation to all present. It wishes to pledge its unalloyed support to the security agencies in their noble effort at the riding country of terrorist and criminal elements.
Thank you all, and God bless Nigeria.