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4 Nov 2017

Presidential Panel on Human Rights ; Yoruba Group Chides Amnesty International, threatens legal action.

The National Committee of Yoruba Youth and the Coalition of Civil Society Against Terrorism in Nigeria have accused the Amnesty International, of deliberately trying to interfere in Nigeria's Security, and embarking on epsoniage missions, in the country.
The groups, in a statement issued this weekend and signed by its Convener, Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi said it was reacting to the appearance and submission of Amnesty International, before the Justice George Biobele Presidential Panel set up to review the compliance of the armed forces, with Human Rights obligation and rules of engagement, during their operations in the country.

The Youth group, said it was amazed, by the "audacity of the Amnesty International, to tender classified Security documents, as evidences, against the Nigerian Military, particularly the Nigerian Army, during the sitting of the Presidential Panel.

Comrade Oladimeji, said the group is vindicated, by the latest action of the Amnesty International, having earlier accused the AI, of consciously embarking on actions and making statements, that clearly impune, on the integrity of the Nation's military, mostly based on unsubstantiated accusations, and the tacit encouragements, usually given,  to the dreaded Boko Haram sect, thereby sabotaging the war against terrorism in the country.

The Pan Yoruba Youth group, further described as 'shameful' the petition by the AI, to the Presidential Panel, describing it as uncharitable, and a mere attempt to further blackmail the Nigerian Army into inaction in order to further entrench the activities of separatist groups and the Boko Haram, at the detriment of our National Security and collective well-being of innocent Nigerian.

The group therefore said, it will use every legitimate means, to resist further attempt by the Amnesty International (AI), to continually denigrate and assault the collective sensibility of Nigerians and in its  ploy to continually encourage some anti-democratic forces and sympathizers of the dreaded Boko Haram Group,  to undermine and compromise our National Security.

"We are deeply worried, over the continued desperation of Amnesty International, in using unconventional means, to attack the institution of our military, thereby using illegitimate avenues, to extort classified information and documents, for its personal clandestine operations, and that of its foreign collaborators, without recognizing that the current threats that Nigeria and her citizens are facing under the Boko Haram insurgency is a global threat that requires global solidarity, instead of the lies and campaign of calumny that has become the preoccupation of the Amnesty International.

The group urged members of the armed forces, particularly the Nigerian Army, not to be discouraged, by the antics of Amnesty International, stating that it remains committed to his position, as earlier submitted before the Presidential Panel, and also, reminded them, that Nigerians are appreciative of their continued sacrifices, towards the protection of our lives and properties, and the territorial integrity of our country.

The group said it will explore every possible legal option, to declare the activities of Amnesty International, as illegal and a threat, to National Security in the country, while also restating its support, for the war against terrorism as presently being prosecuted by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the country.

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