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Army accuses Amnesty International of trying to ‘destablise’ Nigeria with false reports
THE Nigerian Army has called for the closure of the Amnesty International (AI) offices in Nigeria, alleging that there is credible evidence that the organisation is working hard to ‘destabilise’ the nation.
Sani Usman, the army spokesman in a statement on Monday, said that the organisation’s attempt to destabilise the nation was noted through the fabrication of fictitious allegations of alleged human rights abuses against the Nigerian security forces.
“They have tried over the years using Boko Haram terrorist’s conflicts, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, some activists and now herders-farmers conflicts,” he said.
Usman also alleged that the organisation had been organising clandestine sponsorship of dissident groups to protest, as well as unfounded allegations against the leadership of the Nigerian military.
“The NGO is at the verge of releasing yet another concocted report against the military, ostensibly against the Nigerian Army,” he said. “Consequently, Nigerians should be wary of Amnesty International (Nigeria) because its goals are to destabilise Nigeria 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,” Usman said.
The army had accused AI in the past month of falsifying reports on the clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigerian members and members of the military along the Keffi-Maraba highway road in Abuja.
Usman also accused the Nigerian branch of AI of deviating from the core values, principles and objectives of the original parent body in the United Kingdom.
This development comes just three days after the Nigerian Army accused United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of impropriety and suspended all its activities in the northeast. Hours after announcing a three-month ban on the activities of UNICEF in the North East, the suspension was later lifted .
Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society organisations is asking the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to urgently provide information on 2015, 2016 and 2017 budget implementation of the Nigerian Army.