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Ndigbo youth lash Amnesty over war crimes allegation

05 June 2015, 12:13Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Ohaneze Youth Council has lambasted human rights group, Amnesty International, after the latter accused former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, of committing extra-judicial killings during the fight against Boko Haram.

OYC National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, described Amnesty's indictment of Ihejirika as 'utter rubbish.'

Isiguzoro alleged that some Northern leaders were behind the action.

“The last insult Ndigbo can take from those who think they are the owners of Nigeria is to allow them touch General Ihejirika, who served his father land meritoriously,” he charged.

Also Read: Buhari vows to look into Amnesty report alleging army war crimes

“What Ihejirika and other military personnel who staked their lives fighting Boko Haram deserve is commendation and not politically- motivated prosecution. Where was Amnesty International when Boko Haram fighters were annihilating Christians and Moslems in Northern Nigeria? Where was Amnesty International when Boko Haram was throwing bombs inside churches, mosques, markets, motor parks and killing innocent Nigerians?”

OYC accused Amnesty International of being 'biased, hypocritical and playing double standards.'

It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the report.

“Buhari should choose between leading a united Nigeria and supervising the fragmentation of Nigeria,” said Isiguzoro.

Amnesty International earlier this week urged Buhari and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, to investigate some former and serving service chiefs, including Ihejirika, for war crimes.

- CAJ News


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