Buhari Will Consider Amnesty’s Report On Human Rights Violations- Aide

Sreening operation on 23 July 2013 in Bama, Nigeria (Amnesty International)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the first job of the Attorney-General of the Federation on assumption of office will be to look at allegations of human rights violations made by the Amnesty International against the military.

He assured Nigerians that the issues raised by the AI will not be swept under the carpet.

Spokesman to the President, Garba Shehu, while admitting the Buhari was disturbed by the allegations, said the next step would be to look into the allegations and confirm or disprove the disturbing details.

He said the AGF, after considering the report, would be in a better position to advise the government on an appropriate course of action.

“This is in addition to the internal inquiry he asked the armed services to undertake by themselves,” he said.



    He reiterated the stance of the administration that there would be no human rights abuses perpetrated under its watch

    “Any allegation of human rights abuse that takes place during the tenure of President Buhari’s government will be swiftly investigated and dealt with,” he said.

    The report by Amnesty International, published June 3, accused the military of causing the needless deaths of 8,000 prisoners.

    The report also indicted senior military personnel for gross human rights violations.

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