… wants NGO to vacate Nigeria within 24hrs
Chris Steven, Abuja
Thousands of protesters on Monday barricaded the Abuja office of Amnesty International, AI demanding the international organization to within the next 24 hours quit the country.
The protesters were members of Global Peace and Rescue Initiative, GOPRI who warned that the human rights organisation should close down its Nigeria office and leave the country.
Amnesty International recently released its annual report on Nigeria in which it accused the Nigerian Army of human rights abuse and extra judicial killings in the North East and its handling of pro-Biafra protesters.
Addressing the protest, Executive Director of GOPRI, Comrade Melvin Ejeh said if in the next 24 hours Amnesty International failed to shut down its operations in Nigeria and leave the country, the group as well as other Nigerians would start a Five-Day Occupy Amnesty International Protest as a first warning.
He said, “Let us warn at this point that there will be no interval of respite if AI failed to leave Nigeria at the end of the five days as we will activate other more profound options to make them the organization leave Nigeria.
We therefore use this opportunity to call on Nigerians to join the movement to get this evil out of our land before it plunges us into real war.”
Ejeh noted that well respected organizations including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Global Amnesty Watch have condemned the recent report by Amnesty International which alleged human rigjts abuses by Nigerian security agencies against arrested Boko Haram suspects.
He said the the deliberate attempt by the Amnesty International to indict the security agencies working day and night to restore peace in troubled parts of the country without condemning the heinius crimes committed by Boko Haram terrorists proves that the international organization has ulterior motives.
“Previous calls by concerned groups for the government to kick Amnesty International out of Nigeria for the safety of citizens have gone unheeded. Unfortunately, if this organization is allowed to continue carrying out its atrocities here it will destabilize Nigeria.
Unlike our leaders, most of us do not have the resources to relocate our loved ones to other lands if Amnesty International succeeds in ruining this nation. Like the victims of AI’s operation in the Middle-East we would be left without a country and we would not be welcomed in other nations. We will become mere footnotes in its next annual report since it stops showing interest in places it has successfully destroyed.” He said
Speaking further, he said recent revelation by Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, has indicated that Israel used Amnesty International as a front for its foreign ministry.
Quoting the newspaper report, ha said ” ‘The documents reveal how some heads of Amnesty International Israel were allegedly in regular contact with the Foreign Ministry from the late 1960s to the mid -1970s, reporting on their activity in real time, consulting with officials and taking instructions from them.
“The Amnesty office in Israel received regular funds transferred through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which reportedly included hundreds of Israeli pounds for flights abroad, per diem allowances, registration fees and dues payments to the organization’s headquarters, according to the papers.”
He said though the Nigerian authorities might not be unaware of the evil machinations of this organization but may have opted to treat it with diplomatic considerations.
“This in our consideration is not the right approach to dealing with this demonic entity. Its evil contaminates any country it chooses to work against. Its destructive touch leave countries in failed state.” Ejeh said