Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Business activities at the Abuja office of Amnesty International were temporarily disrupted yesterday as over 1000 protesters besieged the office, to protest what they described as purported plot to destabilise Nigeria.
The protesters, raised the alarm that amnesty international plans to release a report which will attempt to portray the government troops and Civilian JTF fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east, of routinely detain, rape, starve and kill women as well as minors.
Addressing the people, Comrade Danesi Momoh, the National Convener of the Civil Rights Groups, organiser of the protest, described such report as not only false but maliciously targeted at destabilising Nigeria.
He said the protest march was merely a rehearsal, insisting that the International agency must quit Nigeria if it fails to stop such false information.
According to him, “it is the beginning of the occupation of Amnesty International until it gets out of our country. With the tenacity the NGO has shown in its bid to destroy Nigeria, we will not pull back like we did the last time its lies made us to occupy its premises.
“We have had enough of its destabilizing lies and we say Amnesty International must leave now”
He said the decision of Amnesty International to only base its so-called report on 2015-2018 is suspect and confirms that whoever is financing its PSYOP in Nigeria is angry that the tide was turned against their Boko Haram agents since the current political and military leadership took over the helms of affairs in 2015.
He said, “it is sickening that Amnesty International can now be using its report to praise the dark era when cities as far south as Kogi state were under siege from Boko Haram terrorists.
“The AI used its so-called report to discredit the findings of other investigations that absolved the government and military of all blames while stating that the rules of engagement in military operations were professionally followed.
“The import of this unbecoming posture is that Nigeria is permitted to only exist and function at the pleasure of Amnesty International.
“This criminal international organization lied that people are being victimized when perceived to be connected to Boko Haram and that the military was “indiscriminately killing those who remained in their homes.
“It lied that its ghost researchers documented hundreds of thousands of deaths. The horrendous lies are so many that one is constrained to be searching for a single strand of truth in the entire document.”
He said the he Federal Government is hereby reminded that the demand made last year for it to kick Amnesty International out of the country has not been withdrawn.
He said further, “Amnesty International, its staffers and so-called researchers are persona non grata and Nigerians shall not be liable for whatever befalls them as a consequence of trying to emasculate the military as part of larger plot to collapse Nigeria.
“We expect at this point that the government spots its soft approach to criminals of all guise and fully activate the country’s anti-terror laws to prevent people from supporting terrorists under the cover of being NGOs. Civil Rights groups at this march are willing to provide legal assistance to the government prosecution team to secure convictions of those that have used reports, doctored reports, to strengthen Boko Haram.”