Nigerian Army seeking the closure of Amnesty International's offices

International Human Rights NGO, Amnesty International has for years --most recently-- being a constant thorn in the side of the Nigeria Army and it seems the army is fed up with organisation, a sentiment expressed by the army's spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman.

In a statement issued on
Monday, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman alleged that there is credible evidence which shows the organisations activities are geared towards destabilizing the country through the fabrication of fictitious allegations of alleged human rights abuses against Nigeria's security forces.

The statement also said Amnesty International engage in clandestine sponsorship of dissident groups to protest, as well as unfounded allegations against the leadership of the Nigerian military.

Usman, therefore called for the offices of the Nigerian branch of Amnesty International should be closed as the organisation chose to deviate from the core values, principles and objectives of it's parent body based in the UK, despite being well respected in the country.

"They have tried over the years using Boko Haram terrorists conflicts, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, some activists and now herders-farmers conflicts.

"The NGO is at the verge of releasing yet another concocted report against the military, ostensibly against the Nigerian Army.

"Consequently, Nigerians should be wary of Amnesty International (Nigeria) because it's goals are to destabilise Nigeia and to dismember it.

"The Nigerian Army has no option than to call for the closure of Amnesty International offices in Nigeria, if such recklessness continues.

The statement of from the Army's spokesman comes against the backdrop of a request from a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Enough is Enough, and BudgIT) calling on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to give a breakdown of the spending on different military operations against terrorism between 2015 and 2017.

In a statement sent to Buratai on Sunday by the three groups, listed the following military operations: Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Safe Haven, Operation Python Dance, Operation Ruwan Wuta, Operation Delta Safe, Operation Mesa, Operation Harbin Kunama, Operation Awatse, Operation Tsera Teku and Operation Crocodile Smile, as of particular interest.

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