The Coalition of Civil Society Groups against Terrorism in Nigeria has called on Amnesty International to desist from what it described as its judgmental reports on the security situation in the troubled North eastern part of the country.
The group in a statement issued today in Lagos and jointly signed by its Convener and Registrar, Comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji and Atani John respectively, described the recent statement credited to the Right Group, where it said “Nigerian Security Forces ignored warnings about Boko Haram attack on Dapchi” as totally undeserving and a joke taken too far by Amnesty International, at the expense of Nigeria’s Internal Security and sovereignty.
The group expressed concern “about the actual motive of AI, and it’s persistent criticism of the Nigerian security forces”.
According to the statement, the security forces in the country had spent the last few years working through extreme conditions towards ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgency and all other forms of insurgency in the Country is brought to a halt. It warned AI against actions that could sabotage the efforts of the security agencies and indirectly gingering the Boko Haram terrorists.
“We have also noted that anytime the Boko Haram insurgents are dealt serious blows by our gallant forces, the AI is immediately out with one form of accusation or the other, against our armed forces.This often time results, in a heightened tempo of terrorism in the the North East, as we see the role of Amnesty International, as such that gives commendation and undeserved protection, to these criminal gangs, terrorising our people.”
The group further said the latest report by AI accusing Nigerian Security Forces of ignoring warnings about an impending invasion of Dapchi, is apparently fabricated, lacks substance and should not be taken serious by Nigerians and anyone at all.