Civil Society Groups on Friday took to the streets of Lagos State to protest against Amnesty International’s interference in war against terrorism in the country, saying it is a grand ploy to frustrate the security agencies.
The coalition led by the President-General, Progressive Citizens Congress, Mr. Abiona Desmond marched around the Embassy of the United States in Lagos to register their grievances against Amnesty International.
The group which brandished placards such as , “ Amnesty International are you for terrorism or you are war against terrorism,” “Amnesty International leave Nigeria alone to defeat Boko Haram,” “Amnesty International Don’t Demoralize our security agencies” among others urged the global movement to stop making statements that could fuel act of terrorism in the country .
Desmond said, “There is apparently a concerted effort to make Nigeria into a failed state and recent events are proof of such plot. Our dear country has battled all manners of insurgency in the north east especially the Boko Haram terror group, which was once an assemblage of ragtag of misguided youths that turned into an international terror organisation within the shortest time possible.
“There have also been several other sects that tried to spread extreme ideologies and radicalise youths, starting from the northern part of the country, but for the timely intervention of the law enforcement agencies.”
He added that,” one common thread runs through the terror attacks and plot of terror. That link is called Amnesty International (AI), an NGO that has repeatedly abused its position by doctoring reports to exonerate the real criminals while vilifying those avowed to fighting such criminals on behalf of the nation. It does all in its power to make the people and the government look bad while the terrorists are canonize as saints.”
According to him, the restoration of law and order in the north east is seemed not to be appreciated by Amnesty International, accusing it of regularly slowing down the pace of military operations against terrorists through the reports it issues whenever it sees that its clients are being defeated.
“We are therefore not surprised that Amnesty International has again secured itself a contract for the destabilization of Nigeria in partnership with Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups in the Niger Delta region. The groups were unable to hide their elation at signing on Amnesty International to run their propaganda and have thus gone to town to expose their partnership.
“This unholy alliance is another of Amnesty International’s trick at intimidating our law enforcement and security agencies from being able to fight terrorists and leave Nigeria vulnerable to suit its paymasters’ goal for us as a country.
“We therefore demand that Amnesty International immediately shuts down its subversive operations in Nigeria and leave the country forthwith. If Amnesty International fails to comply with this quit notice we shall occupy the premises of every single facilities it operates from, ”he said .
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