Abuja - The Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has challenged Amnesty International to provide evidence indicting notable serving and retired officers of the Nigerian military in war crimes in the north east.
The group advised Amnesty International to come up with more convincing evidence of any infraction committed by the military rather than taking position geared towards discrediting the achievements of the Nigerian military in the ongoing war against terrorism in the country.
President of the group, Etuk Bassey, has stated this during a solidarity visit to the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, where he said the group’s investigation and independent assessment was at variance with Amnesty International’s report.
He said their investigations showed that the military activities had rather helped to save thousands of lives, reclaim territories and restored hope to the people.
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“After critical and painstaking analysis of the report of the Amnesty International and based on available facts arising from an on the spot assessment in the war against terrorism, we unequivocally declare that the report is devoid of truth, lopsided, lacks facts and is bereft of fundamental understanding of how the war against insurgency has been fought and almost won in Nigeria,” Bassey said.
He said while they might not overrule some rare extreme measures as it is with war situations, they challenged Amnesty International to prove these isolated cases with evidence.
Bassey noted that terrorism remained a global menace that did not discriminate against race or creed but Nigeria had been left to her fate in fighting it over these years.
“The only serious attention the country got was the international condemnation of the Chibok girls’ abduction which also came with only the unfulfilled promises,” he said.
Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, expressed appreciation to the group for their visit and words of encouragement.
- CAJ News